“Blessed are….” Familiar words of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount often referred to as The Beatitudes. (Matthew 5:3-11); (Luke 6:20-22) They have been dubbed as such from the Latin word for blessed, taken from the Latin Vulgate of the Bible by St. Jerome. They are said to be the, be-attitudes, meaning to have the right attitude when faced with adversity. The Greek word for blessed is Makarios, that can be translated as blessed, happy, favored, fortunate, or well off.
Most versions of the Bible translate the word as blessed, which is acceptable. The Common English Bible (CEB) translates the word as happy, which implies a contradiction. Can we be happy and content when we are poor, mourning, persecuted, or reviled? I think not! But if we are filled with the joy of the Lord, which is far removed from happy, we attain the sublime. When we have that profound joy, we have peace in our hearts, and know that our weakness is made strong in Him. With His strength, we will overcome whatever. “Verily, Verily, I say unto, you, that you shall weep and lament… and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned to joy.” (John 16:20)
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.” (John. 14:27)
Our Savior was not happy when his hour had come, “My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death….” (Matthew 26:38) “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt”. (Matthew 26, 39) Not happy. . He endured the shame of the cross. Why? For the joy that was set before him (Hebrews 12:2), the joy of knowing that his work on earth was finished, and by his death he had fulfilled the will of the Father. By His obedience and death, He redeemed the sin of the world.
“These things have I spoken unto you that my joy might remain in you and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11)
As an added note, you might consider the seven Beatitudes of Revelation.
Revelation 1:3; 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7; 22:14, all being favored by the Lord.
James W. Cobette
Seeing God in Our Lives
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James has written three books since turning 90, to pass on his wisdom to his family.