HUNGER AND THIRST
Leslie M. John
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6)
Hunger and Thirst are very common to man. Every healthy man has good appetite and feels hungry after every three hours or so and also feels thirsty several times a day. It is not common hunger and thirst that Jesus was referring to here in Matthew 5:6. It is the deep desire that a man should have to seek the Biblical truth and find who the real Savior is. Their hunger and thirst will be filled by the Lord. It is the hunger and thirst to seek righteousness.
One may eat a snack or two casually when he feels hungry but that does not satisfy hunger until one has full meals. If only digestion was not there in man then food eaten once would have quenched the hunger, and it would have lasted forever; but the truth is that healthy man’s digestive system would be good enough digest food and water that he may feel hungry and thirsty again and again. Hunger and thirst are recurring. One may drink water several times but that does not quench the thirst permanently. That is about mortal beings and the fulfillment of the needs of mortal bodies. However, Jesus was speaking about spiritual needs of a man.
While talking to Samaritan woman Jesus said man drinking water from the well will thirst again, but the water he gives is everlasting water that quenches the thirst once for all.
“Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:13-14).
Superficial knowledge of Scriptures gained after receiving salvation is not enough for a sincere Christian to be used by the Lord in His own way. For receiving salvation one has to confess that Jesus is the Lord, and believe in heart that God raised him from the dead. However, a Christian’s life is not for stagnation in one state, but to move on and increase in the knowledge of the truth.
What then is the righteousness?
In Jeremiah 23:6 the phrase “THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS” is written in upper case, showing the importance of the phrase. The LORD is our righteousness. In Isaiah 45:24 it reads, “…in the LORD have I righteousness…” In Romans 4:1-6 Apostle Paul quotes from Old Testament and says Abraham’s faith was counted as righteousness for him. He also quotes as to how David spoke of blessedness of man to whom righteousness is imputed without works. God made His only Son to bear our sin and die on the cross that we may be made the righteousness of God in Him. God raised Him from the dead and so will He raise us from the dead to be conformed to the image of Lord Jesus Christ and be with Him forever and ever.
“Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered”. (Romans 4:6-7)
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Jesus said to the adulteress woman He would say to the sinner confessing sins to Him also that he should not sin again.
“When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more” (John 8:10-11)
God’s Word is a treasure of the knowledge of the truth. The more one seeks from it, the more one finds about the greatness of God. Jesus said the kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hid in a field. When a man finds that treasure he hides it and sells whatever he has and buys the whole field that he may find more treasure in the same field. The knowledge of truth of God is like unto treasure found, and when a man seeks more he finds it and then the curiosity increases to learn more.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field” (Matthew 13:44)