Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. (Mat 5:4)
“Blessed are they that mourn - This is capable of two meanings: either, that those are blessed who are afflicted with the loss of friends or possessions, or that they who mourn over sin are blessed. As Christ came to preach repentance, to induce people to mourn over their sins and to forsake them, it is probable that he had the latter particularly in view.” Barnes.
Last Sunday, the visiting preacher at Sulphur Springs used the above text as one of his verses... as a hammer to drive home “they that mourn.” Some verses are placed in the Scriptures for the purpose of engaging the soul in deep struggle. This is a “deep struggle” verse. It is for a time when mourning is the appropriate thing to do
It is a good thing for sinners to mourn over their sins. The Psalmist said: For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin. (Psa 38:18) Paul said: For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. (2Co 7:10) I never read in the Bible of anyone laughing their way to God and never saw anyone laugh their way to God. It doesn’t work that way. Tears cannot save but tears are a good sign that something serious is going on in the soul.
Beyond the mourning and weeping over our personal sins, there is the vicarious mourning and weeping over the sins of other people. Sometimes well-meaning Christians may lash out at “them sinners over there” as though they have no sins of their own. Not good. It has no power to move sinners. Tears have more power to move sinners than smart-mouthing.
The prophet Ezekiel was commanded of the Lord: And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. (Eze 9:4)
Everybody in town was not following the wicked crowd. Be careful about making excuses for your sins by saying “well, everybody is doing it.” You don’t read your Bible much do you? Everybody was not doing it. Some of the people were broken-hearted over what they were seeing people do in defiance of Jehovah God. First, was the marking of foreheads of people who were mourning over the sins of their city.
There are plenty of people in America who are mourning over the sins of America. Why else is America still standing after slaughtering sixty million babies in the womb? Do we really think God has not noticed sixty million babies showing up in Heaven ahead of time? It’s not over when a doctor rips a baby apart with forceps and drops the bloody pieces in a bucket. There is no fear of God before their eyes. (Rom 3:18) God will have the last word. Notice the next part:
And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house. (Eze 9:5-6) And as for me also, mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity, but I will recompense their way upon their head. (Eze 9:10)
When a city or nation is to be destroyed, the children are sometimes included because in their setting they will grow up to be as wicked as their parents and their city. But, that is God’s decision and not up to mere men to make that kind of decision.
If the above verses offend you, I must hasten to remind you that… the wages of sin is death (Rom.6:23). There is a great contrast between those who are marked as those that mourn over the sins of the city and those who are marked for death and destruction at the hand of the Lord.
The whole problem here is unbelief. Adam and Eve did not believe God. They believed the devil. And that is what is going on big time in America. Only a few people believe God is going to do what He said and they need to mourn over what’s coming to the sinners all around them.
Some people look at their children running wild and the parents comfort themselves by saying, “Well boys will be boys. Girls will be girls. They’re going through a stage right now.” One thing that hinders the situation are the parents who set out to be buddies with their children. Your children don’t need you as a buddy. They need a Mama and a Daddy who wear their authority figures well. You can do “friendly” things with your children but if you are no more than a friend or buddy, you have lost them before you get started.
And if the faith of their Mama and Daddy doesn’t take before they get into high school, then your recourse is to mourn on their behalf before the living God and exercise wise management of their day-to-day living. That’s your job: To mourn for your children and your grandchildren! “Mama and Daddy, you don’t trust me!” “I trust you to be the sinners God says you are and I will trust you as fast as you earn my trust. Trust is not free: trust is earned.”
Through the years I have lost track of the number of parents who mourned over the waywardness of their children and held on until they lay in their casket. I have heard many testimonies that said they were as mean as the boys and girls they ran with but could not get past the prayers they heard coming from inside the house when they entered the front door.
What if my kid goes astray? It’s not over. A praying mama and daddy are powerful forces for a kid to have to deal with.
Then, there are the political figures that need to be mourned over. I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. (1Ti 21-:4)
You got any sinners in your family that need to be mourned over? Got anybody in your church and neighborhood that need to be mourned over? God anybody in Washington that needs to be mourned over? Got anybody in the military that need to be prayed for and perhaps mourned over? Ω
Read Through the Bible in a Year
September 26, 2017 – TUESDAY
A.M. Isaiah 7-9
P.M. Gal. 4
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Great Memory Verses:
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. (Deu 6:6-7
Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons; (Deu 4:9)
Song for Today:
Take My Hand, Precious Lord (2:29)(Jim Reeves)
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