What is Hunger and Thirst?
If I was to mention hunger and thirst, what would your immediate thoughts be of these two words; what would immediately come to your mind? Now, did many of you perhaps picture yourself lost in the desert where you did not have any food or water and you or did many of you perhaps think of: Cake; Roast Pork; Ice-cream; fresh orange juice, or even perhaps an ice-cold Coca-Cola? Allow your imagination to run wild for a moment!
What is Righteousness?
Now let me add another thought to that question! If I were to say the word, righteous or righteousness, what would be the first thing that would go through your mind? Would you think of a Saint, or perhaps even think of an Angel, or would you even think that of yourself when you think of the word, righteous or righteousness? What does it mean to you to be righteous?
What does it mean to Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness?
Now, if I was to combine all three of those words into one little phrase and say, “Hunger and thirst for righteousness”, what would “Hunger and thirst for righteousness” now mean to you, or what type of image would immediately pop into your mind?
Today I want to deal with Matthew 5:6 where it says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied”, and I want us to explore together what Jesus meant by that?
The Opposite of Righteousness!
Let me ask you a question with regards to, “Hungering and thirsting after righteousness”? What is the opposite of righteousness? WICKEDNESS – obviously!
I want to take you on a journey to help you see and understand What Jesus was meaning and what He was implying by this very statement: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied”
In order for me to do so, I want to unpack both extremes and give you a picture of what it means to be righteous and what it means to be unrighteous or WICKED.
Compromise – Supremely Wicked!
Then I want to show you that there is indeed something far greater; something far eviler than wickedness in God’s eyes and that is; COMPROMISE!
Together, I want us to search Scripture and find out how God views compromise and why He views compromise as something supremely wicked and far eviler than just unrighteousness.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Psalm 45:7 (cf. Hebrews 1:9)
2 Kings 21:1-16
Then, I want to end with why God is supremely happy and Blessed by those who, “Hunger and thirst after righteousness”!