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Guaranteed Satisfaction

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May 16, 2021 8:00 am

Guaranteed Satisfaction

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May 16, 2021 8:00 am

Hunger and thirst are daily realities for large sectors of the human race. While the need for food and water is essential, physical hunger and thirst are only a pale reflection of a far more serious deprivation that affects us all. Join Dr. James Boice as he describes a hunger that’s only satisfied one way.

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Hunger and thirst have always afflicted a large portion of the human race with the physical need for nourishment is only a pale reflection of a far more serious hunger and thirst are welcome to the Bible study our radio and Internet broadcast with Dr. James Bortz preparing you to think and act biblically the hunger of the spirit is one that affects all of humanity as we seek to fill the God -shaped vacuum within Jesus in his fourth beatitude offers a solution to that need and a promise of how it can be fulfilled listened out as Dr. Boyce studies Christ's answer to the hunger and thirst from within that can be satisfied from only one source. If you been reading the newspapers at all lately. I'm sure you've noticed accounts of famine in places like India, Latin America and other emerging nations.

Famine is not new or modern ever since hunger drove Joseph's brothers to Egypt in the second millennium BC, probably also. Before that time, crop failures and consequent hunger and starvation of been a chronic problem of mankind. The physical hunger of some man is only a pale reflection of a far more serious hunger that affects all of mankind's spiritual hunger and its satisfied only by God through the Lord Jesus Christ St. Augustine spoke of this hunger when he wrote that was made us for thyself and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in the Jesus showed how this hunger could be satisfied by saying, Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled. This statement of Jesus Christ is the fourth beatitude of the sermon on the Mount, and it is God's answer to man's spiritual longing.

This beatitude follows in a very definite order upon the first three Christ Beatitudes, and there's a sense in which it stands at the heart of this short compendium of Christ's teachings. The first three verses of the sermon on the mountable pointed to man's need to show the type of approach that is necessary. If a man is to be made spiritually happy by God.

Matthew 53 says Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. This means that a man must recognize that he is spiritually bankrupt in God's sight and that he has no claim upon him.

Secondly, you must mourn Matthew 54 says blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted is not refer simply to a normal human sorrow such as feeling sorry for someone was sick or dying. It's a sorrow for sin and it implies that the one who sorrows must come to God for comfort. Third, men would experience God's salvation must also be meek for the beatitude say Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. This refers to taking a lonely place before God in order that one might receive God's salvation. These Beatitudes have all expressed man's need now in the fourth beatitude, there comes a solution. Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled solution is of a man will hunger and thirst after righteousness.

If he will hunger and thirst after righteousness God will fill him with righteousness he will declare him righteous.

He will be justified before God, he will embark upon the blessed and defective life outlined in the remainder of Christ's sermon. This is first touch your heart is an expression of all that is most precious in the Christian gospel Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones writes of this verse. This beatitude again follows logically from the previous ones, the statement which all the others lead its logical conclusion, to which they come in something for which we should all be profoundly thankful and grateful to God. I do not know the better test than anyone can apply to himself or herself in this whole matter of the Christian profession than a verse like this. If this verse is, do you one of the most blessed statements of the whole of Scripture you can be quite certain you are Christian if it is not, and you would better examine the foundations again to see this verse is precious because it offers the solution to man's great need. It offers it by pointing to the offer of God's greater remedy in Christ versus most specific about how one can obtain this happiness reason why so many people are unhappy spiritually is that they will accept God's remedy. What must man do the answer has three parts. First he must desire righteousness second, he must desire perfect therefore divine righteousness authority must desire it in tensely. That is a must desire it enough to abandon all hope of achieving salvation by his own efforts and instead cling to the efforts made for him by God. Each of these points is suggested explicitly in the beatitude the first place man who would be happy must come to God seeking righteousness.

The problem is that so many come seeking everything and anything else. Some seek happiness itself somewhat like a teenage girl who is in love with love the verse says that the happy people are those who seek happiness primarily, but holiness before God. Some people seek happiness to other things. Top billing in the school play.

The vice presidency of the company political office $1 million, whatever it may be the verse teaches that happiness does not come through these sums they get through Playboy sex or marriage Bible says that happiness comes through righteousness alone. A moment's reflection will show why this must be so. God is the source of all good things, fortune and fame, success, happiness and other things besides James says every good and every perfect gift is from above cometh down from the father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. God is also holy and he can have no dealings with those who were not holy men are sinners. Sin breaks the fellowship that should exist between man and God makes all who are sinners, God's enemies.

The only way that man can enter again in the fellowship with God and thus find the happiness and general blessing. He longs for is somehow come to possess the righteousness and holiness that will commend him to God. Can this be done not by man that certain. But God will do it. The heart of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that in Christ, God has won our redemption provided all who believe in Christ with that righteousness. The Bible says that Jesus Christ is made under us wisdom, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.

Those who hunger and thirst after his righteousness shall be filled. Moreover, Christians must hunger and thirst after righteousness also that which enters into their becoming a Christian must also characterize their life. Dr. Jones writes again, her large numbers of people in the Christian church. You seem to spend the whole of their life seeking something which they can never find seeking for some kind of happiness and blessedness.

They will run from meeting to meeting them convention to convention, always hoping they're going to get this wonderful thing. This experience that's going to filled with joy and flood them with some ecstasy see that other people of had it but they themselves don't seem to get it. This is not surprising because we are not meant to hunger and thirst after experiences. We are not meant to hunger and thirst after blessedness we want to be truly happy and blessed we must hunger and thirst after righteousness. We must not put blessedness or happiness or experience in the first place. Let me ask you this question. What is the case in your life you would righteousness first you seek after something else, even something quite good in itself not forget that righteousness must come first. Remember, Jesus said, seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. The second point of the fourth beatitude is the one who would know true happiness must desire not merely righteousness but perfect righteousness. This means you must desire the righteousness of God is necessary that we see this seed clearly because you and I are always ready to settle for something less than God requires a child who will always try to eat less of his dinner that he needs to eat if it were possible, we should always rush to substitute some of our own goodness, for God's order for me to show you how this point emerges from the text it's necessary to point out effective Greek grammar in the Greek language the rule of good grammar, the verbs of hungering and thirsting, followed by nouns in the genitive case.

This is a case that expresses the preposition of an English. An example of the genitive would be the last two words in the phrases. Peace of mind. Love of God.

The object of faith and so on. The Greek would express a feeling of hunger by saying something like this. I am hungry for of food or I am thirsty for of water. This particular use of the genitive case has an unusual characteristic because of which is called a parted live genitive.

This means it has reference only to part of the object that occurs in the sentence us when the Greek would say I am hungry for of food he be saying that he was only hungry for part of the food in the world. Not all of it.

Similarly when he would say that he would like some water.

The genitive would indicate that he didn't want all of the water that the world has offer but only a part in more modern times the same grammatical structure appears in French in which you never say when you're seated at a table pass a new path.

Civil play that would mean basil the bread there is. Instead, you say because I do plan that means I'd like some of the bread please of the significance of this point for interpreting the fourth beatitude lies in the fact that the normal Greek usage. The normal usage is entirely abandoned in this verse instead of the word righteousness occurring in the genitive, as it should. It occurs in the accusative and the meaning is that the one who hungers and thirsts as Christ intends them to hunger and thirst must hunger after a partial or an imperfect righteousness like some of the bread are some of the water, but after the whole thing was wrong for a perfect righteousness. This means, therefore righteousness equal to and identical with God's. Of course, that's exactly what most people won't do most men and women have a desire for some degree of righteousness. Their self esteem demands at least that thieves will have some code of honor among themselves, however debased they may be more verbal strive for some small spark of nobility. A good man will take great pride in his philanthropy. Your good deeds. But the problem comes from the fact that few anonymous God is prodded them seek for the perfect goodness which comes only from God. I would rephrase the verse in order to recapture the flavor of this language I would say, oh, how happy is the man who knows enough to be satisfied with any partial goodness on the ground which to please God, who is not satisfied with any human goodness.

He alone is happy, who seeks for the divine righteousness is happy because God will certainly provide it for the third point of advice, and Christ's statement about how to discover God's righteousness is that a man must desire it intensely increase words he must hunger and thirst after righteousness is to be filled all how quickly these words pierced to the spiritual heart of a man how quickly they separate real spiritual hunger from mere sentimentality and vaguely religious feeling is almost nothing in our experience today to suggest the force of Christ's words. We must put ourselves in the shoes of his listeners of your fully to understand them today almost none of us knows hunger. Few of us have ever known more than momentary thirst is another way for Christ's contemporaries.

The ancient world. Men often knew hunger wages were low. If they existed at all unless they were of the aristocracy men seldom grew fat on the fruit of honest labor. Many starved in a desert country where the sun was scorching sand and wind storms frequent first was a constant companion to such a world hunger meant the hunger of a man was starving enforcement. The thirst of a man who would die unless he found water is a it was against this background that Christ's words were spoken, they said, in effect, so you think you would like to be pleasing to God you would like to taste of his goodness. Well, how much do you want it you wanted as much as a starving man once food or a parched man once water you must wanted desperately in order to be filled because it's only when you're perfectly desperate that you will turn to me and away from your own attempts to earn it.

Several years ago, an article appeared in eternity magazine by Dr. EM Blake Locklin the significance of water in the Bible, part of which is quite relevant here. The article was one in a series of articles on Bible imagery and one part of a doctor like Locke, referred by way of illustration to a book by a major Gilbert called the last Crusade in the count of part of the British liberation of Palestine in World War I.

Dr. Blake Locke wrote of the book driving up from Beersheba. The combined force of British Australians and New Zealanders were pressing on the rear of the Turkish retreat over arid desert the attack out distant students water carrying camel train. Water bottles were empty.

The sun blazed piteously out of the sky where the vultures wheeled expectantly.

Our heads ached rights Gilbert in our eyes became bloodshot and dim and the blinding glare are palms began to swell our lips turned black and burst those who dropped out of the column were never seen again.

But the desperate force battled on to sharia. There were wells that sharia had they been unable to take the place by nightfall. Thousands were doomed to die of thirst. We thought that day rights. Gilbert is men fight for their lives. We entered sharia station on the heels of the retreating Turks first objects which met our view with the great stone cisterns full of coal clear drinking water still night air. The sound of the water running into the tanks could be distinctly heard maddening in its nearness yet not a man murmured when orders were given for the battalions to fall into deep facing the cisterns he describes Stern priorities the wounded. Those on guard duty. Then company by company.

It took four hours before the last man had his drink of water in all that time they had been standing 20 feet from a low stone wall on the other side of which were thousands of gallons of water. I believe major Gilbert concludes that we all learned our first real Bible lesson on that march from Toshiba to sharia wells such where are thirst for God for righteousness for his will in our life are consuming all embracing, preoccupying desire how rich and the fruits of the Spirit would we be yes we might add, and how many would become Christians through our transformed life and testimony. At the conclusion of this study is that where there is this desire for righteousness.

There will be filling the filling will be a filling with Jesus Christ.

This first sermon spoken early in his three year ministry, Jesus said blessed are they who do hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled, but didn't elaborate further on the filling later as his teachings had begun to make their impact on the small circle of his listeners.

He did said to the woman of Samaria found newest the gift of God and who it is that saith to the give me to drink.

That was the Bastrop human. He would've given the living water. Whosoever drink this water shall thirst again but whosoever drink of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst. The water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. The disciples would witness the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves in Galilee, Jesus added, I am the bread of life he that cometh to me shall never hunger, and he that believe on me shall never thirst.

Have you drunk deeply that spring and fed on that bread. Are you still feeding on things that do not and will not satisfy the prodigal son left home, he expected to find complete satisfaction. He wanted to live life to human money, close food, companionship and gay times instead of these things, he found poverty rags, hunger, loneliness and misery when he was hungry. He turned to feeding swine was only when he was starving that he turned back again to his father and his father's company he found all that he had thought defined in this world for his father closed Infinium welcomed him filled his days with joy.

It would be eternally sad if you should turn from the one who guarantees satisfaction things will never satisfy long it would be blessed if you should return to the father through the way he is told you to come to the Lord Jesus Christ and should thereby find his satisfaction in our father. We acknowledge that none of us naturally seek after righteousness you are able to make us hungry and thirsty for it and drive us to yourself, that we ask for many thousands listening today and satisfy them totally as you promised. We pray in Jesus name, amen.

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