Day 1 Read: Matthew 5:6
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Reflect: In your own words, what is Jesus saying here?
Consider: For the poor, “righteousness” would include having their basic needs for food met, but it goes on to include a desire to see God’s standards established and obeyed in every area of life. Again, God promises that his purposes will be accomplished and that his justice will eventually reign.1
Respond: Would you say that people of all religions hunger and thirst for righteousness? What do they typically do about it? How do Jesus’ words here speak to the tendency in people to earn righteousness?
1 Craig Blomberg, Matthew, vol. 22, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1992), 99–100.