The Pastor’s Quill
By Pastor Tim Hodge
Oct 01, 2017
Two weeks ago, we started a journey. We embarked on a grand adventure of treasure hunting in the Word of God. We are digging and pulling back layers to gain revelation on what the scriptures declare for God’s people in experiencing the #BLESSEDlife. Our goal has been to lay aside any presuppositions and simply let the Bible speak for itself.
Our initial thrust was to find the origin of God’s intent in blessing His people. We went ALL the way back to the beginning and used Genesis 1:26-28 as our launching pad. Those verses recount the words, mind, and heart of God when He created Adam and Eve. Verse 28 reveals to us the FIRST thing God did for them and to them, post-creation, was to BLESS THEM. God came out of the gate blessing man. He has not changed!
If we are looking at this adventure as a rocket going into space, Genesis 1:28 was the launching pad. Today, we look at this lesson as the massive booster rockets and fuel source to carry us up and get us to lift off. We are going to do this by going to another beginning – the first mention of the #BLESSEDlife – in the New Testament and this will lead us straight to Jesus!
The first instance of the word “blessed” found in the New Testament (by book, not chronologically) is in Matthew chapter 5. This passage chronicles the powerful teaching of Jesus known as “THE BEATTITUDES”. In verses 3-11, we find NINE times that Jesus pronounces BLESSINGS on various segments of humanity and pointedly tells what those blessings will be. It’s too good to talk about without me showing you, so here it is.
Matthew 5:3–11 (NKJV)
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall
7 Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is
the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of
evil against you falsely for My sake.”
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read over, thought upon, and quoted “THE BEATTITUDES” the past thirty plus years (kind of like one of those things I wish I had a dollar for every time). However, over the past several days of digging into this I’ve been having a ton of WOW-MOMENTS!!! Let’s peel this back a little bit and take a closer look and hopefully you’ll be WOWED as well.
The New Testament was originally written in Greek. Most of the language Jesus used in speaking and teaching was in the Greek language (which was universal at that time). As with the Hebrew language of the Old Testament, the Greek language was very extensive. For example, we read these verses and we see the word “BLESSED” repeated, but do we really grasp what Jesus was saying? The word Jesus used was the Greek word makarios’ (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance number is NT:3107 – if you desire to reference it) and it carries these meanings: “Supremely blessed. Possessing favor from God. The state of being MARKED by fullness from God. It indicates the state of the believer in Christ Jesus.” It carries with it the connotation of “HAPPY” but a happiness that is not dependent on externals; rather a supernatural happiness that comes from within because the recipient is well aware of how BLESSED they are.
WOW. Let me type that backwards: WOW!!!!! Nine times in those few verses Jesus declared those powerful words over mankind. Here’s a turbo boost for your faith – that word ‘makarios’ is used 49x in the New Testament (most often translated as ‘blessed’) and those verses are promises of blessings toward God’s children.
My beloved friends, are you getting the picture yet? God wants us to live the #BLESSEDlife. It is decreed and declared all throughout His Word. Let your hope, expectation, faith, and peace arise in every situation and every season of life. God has already spoken dynamic promises to bring blessings into our lives. Live the #BLESSEDlife and see how BIG God can be!