The following commentary may also be downloaded as a PDF.
May 4, Introduction I must confess that I had boyhood fears about death as an unbeliever. My grandparents lived right past a huge cemetery, and I found it possible not to see that cemetery every time we went to visit them.
I was fascinated by what was on the other side of the road, but the reality is that I, like most of us, do not really like mourning. When I was in junior high school, a Christian schoolteacher died suddenly, and I was elected as a representative of our class to go to his funeral.
It was another way of avoiding something the Bible tells us we ought to deal with and, in fact, we ought to practice. Our text is in the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5: That is the Good News that only the gospel brings.
It is one of the reasons why over the years I have said repeatedly I would far rather do a funeral than a wedding because the reality is, apart from the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ, there is no comfort.
So we come to this text assured that there Commentary on a passage from cry comfort, and that comfort has to be related to the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Book of Genesis is filled with death; we would not then be surprised that it is filled with mourning because of that death. In Genesis 23, we see Abraham mourns for Sarah. Jacob, in a sense, erroneously mourns on account of the death of his son Joseph—he is not dead, but he rightly mourns at least his loss.
We see mourning throughout the Bible on the occasion of death, but not only death. For example, when Absalom is responsible for murder and flees from Israel to escape any possible consequences, David mourns his absence. You remember the outcome of that mourning was not good because they then tried to go into the land and were defeated.
There are countless examples, and there is a transition in the Scriptures from the beginning in Genesis, where the mourning is focused on the loss of one who is loved mourning that comes as a result of deathto mourning that has a more direct relationship to sin and its consequences.
All you have to do is to read the Scriptures to see this. For us, in our rather subdued culture and society, that is not quite as self-evident as it may be in some other cultures.
In the Eastern culture of Bible times, mourning was done very dramatically, maybe sometimes too dramatically, where mourners were hired literally to weep and carry on. There are other parts of the world that do the same thing today.
When we look, for example, at the news pictures in the Middle East and see people mourning the death of their families in a bombing or tragedy, we see a very external, emotional expression of grief in their mourning. I say this because some of us tend to be rather cerebral in what we do. He just rototilled the whole back garden because he needed some way to let it out.
It involves our emotions, not just our intellect, and I would say it involves intense emotion. This is not some modest effort we go through; it is not something we try to work up. Mourning is, in reality, intense grief, and you feel that when you are there.
It is an emotional response to loss. Someone may prove me wrong on this, but as I understand it, every time I see mourning in the Scriptures, I see a deep sense of loss of something. It may be loss of benefits, for example, as Israel mourns at Kadesh-Barnea the fact that they will not enter into the land.
There is a loss that is experienced and felt deeply. David has the loss of Absalom when he flees the country and goes to stay with relatives. David feels that loss deeply. Remember, Joab has to literally come along and slap, if you would, his king on the side of the head.
What you are doing is wrong; people here sense you are mourning. They feel it would have been better for you had all of them died and Absalom lived. Your sense of loss is wrong.Bob Deffinbaugh. Robert L. (Bob)Deffinbaugh graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with his Th.M. in Bob is a pastor/teacher and elder at Community Bible Chapel in Richardson, Texas, and has contributed many of his Bible study series for use by the Foundation.
Cry, The Beloved Country Commentary Fear and Religion And now for all the people of Africa, the beloved arteensevilla.com Sikelel’ iAfrika, God save Africa. But he would not see that salvation. It lay afar off, because men were afraid of it. Because, to tell the truth, they were afraid of him, and his wife, and Msimangu, and the young demonstrator.
The following commentary may also be downloaded as a PDF. Genesis 3 (The Fall/Curse):In the first two chapters of the Bible we read about the beginnings of all things in the natural world. The Stones Cry Out.
οἱ λίθοι As an appendix, I offer commentaries on a few NT passages that refer directly and indirectly to the pericope .
Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary 1 Samuel 1-Samuel “Cease not to cry unto the Lord for us.” Let us bear our witness that if aught of good has been accomplished it has been the result of prayer. 3. Again, as there was prayer and sacrifice, you must remember that in answer to the sweet savour of the lamb and the sweet perfume.
Blessed Are Those who Mourn (Matthew ) Related Media. May 4, “Blessed are those who mourn, Bob is a pastor/teacher and elder at Community Bible Chapel in Richardson, Texas, and has contributed many of his Bible study series for use by the Foundation.
Bob was born and raised in a Christian home i. For passages from the Fathers embodying this view, see references in Bishop Wordsworth on this chapter. even while it is true of Him that ‘He does not strive nor cry, nor cause His voice to be heard in the streets’; for the crying, which is denied to be His, is ostentatious and noisy, and the crying which is asserted to be hers is the.