Week of October 13 - Day 1

Day 1 Read: Matthew 5:4

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 

Reflect: What kind of mourning do you think Jesus is talking about here?

Consider: “Mourn” remains unqualified and parallels Luke’s “weep” (Luke 6:21). In light of v. 3 and a probable allusion to Isa 61:2–3, however, we should again think of both spiritual and social concerns. Mourning includes grief caused by both personal sin and loss and social evil and oppression. God will comfort now in part and fully in the future.[1]

Respond: Why is this kind of brokenness over sin necessary for redemption? In what way do believers experience comfort when they mourn over sin? Why is your answer important to your relationship with Christ? In what way is the opposite of verse 4 also true: Those who do not mourn are not blessed, for they will not be comforted?

[1] Craig Blomberg, Matthew, vol. 22, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1992), 99.