June 25 – Beatitudes Study Day 23

This summer, we are studying the Beatitudes that start-off Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:1-12. These ways that Jesus tells us we should act as Christians are counter-cultural, with blessings or rewards that will come in eternity, not here. We’ll be digging deeper into each of the 9 Beatitudes, looking at other verses in the Bible that describe each characteristic, Biblical characters that exude the Beatitudes, and the blessing that comes from it. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)

Isaiah 55:1-2

Invitation to the Thirsty

“Come, all you who are thirsty,
    come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
    come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
    without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread,
    and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
    and you will delight in the richest of fare.
Give ear and come to me;
    listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
    my faithful love promised to David.
See, I have made him a witness to the peoples,
    a ruler and commander of the peoples.
Surely you will summon nations you know not,
    and nations you do not know will come running to you,
because of the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel,
    for he has endowed you with splendor.”
Seek the Lord while he may be found;
    call on him while he is near.
Let the wicked forsake their ways
    and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
    and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
    without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
12 You will go out in joy
    and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
    will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
    will clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper,
    and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the Lord’s renown,
    for an everlasting sign,
    that will endure forever.”

SOAP Note

Come, Eat, Listen | Becky Newman

Scripture

Isaiah 55:1-2

Observation

The words that are repeated in these two verses indicate emphasis and urgency in God’s message to the people. Come, eat, listen — they are all actions, things that God wants us to do to seek Him and His righteousness. And the 4th Beatitude shows these are things He wants us to be too, not just one and done but ever hungering and ever thirsting for Him. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. The reward is the same in the 4th Beatitude as it is here in Isaiah 55:1-2 — satisfaction. Though it’s a continual desire of hunger and thirst, we find satisfaction in doing it.

Application

I just love ice cream so much. My husband and I had coupons for double scoop sundaes this last week, and I even ate a salad for dinner so I would have more room for ice cream goodness, but I reached maximum stomach capacity before I got to that second scoop and was so sad that I had to throw the rest away. In the world I can touch and see, it seems there’s always an end to goodness. But not so with You. Your ways are not the world’s ways, so You give me satisfaction as I continually come, eat, and listen. That’s why I can’t imagine heaven without an all-you-can-eat ice cream bar and endless stomach capacity.

Prayer

Thank You for satisfying my hunger and thirst, always so faithfully. May I continue to come to You, eat my daily bread, and listen and learn from You — the only One who can fully satisfy.

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  1. Fun fact: I started mine with “I just love donuts.” I love how our minds went to the same thing! Also, never throw ice cream away! Take it home and throw it in the freezer for another time!

    But I didn’t actually miss the message, and I think I’m really going to like this week because the food analogies will really have my attention! 🙂

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