Scripture Reading: Lamentations 3:1-32
Matthew 5:4--Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Mourn—grieve, the feeling or the act. Wail, lament. “Woe is me for I am undone.” It is the emotional equivalent of poor in spirit. Comforted—exhorted, beseeched, invite to one’s side, console, encourage. Temporal times of comfort now, eternal time of comfort later.
Luke 6:21--Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.
Weep—crying as a sign of grief. Wail loudly. Laugh—external sign of spiritual joy. Only time in Bible laughing is associated with spiritual joy, all other has to do with worldly mirth.
Luke 6:25--Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.
There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
Sumptuously—shining, brilliant, extravagance. Kept it all for him to put on a display of happiness and awesomeness. Merry, good cheer.
Licked—only medical care he had was from dogs who took pity on him.
And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
People in torment are not mad at God, they are worried about your future.
Ecclesiastes 7:2-4—we avoid sadness like the plague—man esteems happy!
It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.3 Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth [gladness, joy, pleasure].
Lay to his heart—apply it. Consider your own end and let it influence your today.
Sorrow—vexed. Grief. The wise—those meditating upon serious things.
James 4:8-10—mourning isn’t just about death. Wages of sin is death, the cause of death.
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Double-minded—literally two souled. Afflicted—be miserable, endure misery. Mourn—manifested grief. Heaviness--casting down the eyes. Peter as opposed to Judas.
Sight of the Lord—as though continually in His presence.
--Mourning is not for the consequences of sin, but for sin itself.
1 Corinthians 5:1-2
It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife.2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.
Reported—in all their writing to Paul, they never mentioned this, someone else told him.
Puffed up as opposed to mourn—humble sorrow.
2 Corinthians 12:19-21
Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying.20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings [puffed up], tumults:21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed.
Debating is often a substitute for repentance. Arguing and justifying take root.
Bewail many—lament the behavior of many. Paul is humbled and mourning over the failings of the people under his charge.
Corinth was flippant with their sin. Not feeling the sadness of sin and its consequences will ruin a church. Our sin affects other people. Creates a burden for them, brings destruction into relationship, ruins our testimony. Defeats the impact the Word could have. Not being bothered by your sin is ultimately selfish and prideful.