|Luke 6:21-25 |
21 Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.
22 Blessed are you, when men hate you and exclude you from their company, and reproach you, and revile your name as evil for the Son of man's sake.
23 Rejoice on that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For in this way did their forefathers treat the prophets.
24 But woe to you who are rich [think you are spiritually rich]! For you have received your comfort.
25 Woe to you who are full! For you shall hunger. Woe to you who laugh now! For you shall mourn and weep.2
2 Woe to you who are rich! For you have received your comfort. If you think you are rich in spirit, woe to you. Unless you know you are poor in spirit, your only comfort is in this life. If you are rich in the world's goods, and you fail to open your hand to the poor, giving generously, you will suffer in the next life. If you are not faithful with the least of riches, (money), you will not be trusted with the greatest of riches, (spiritual riches). From Revelation:
I will spew you out of my mouth. Because you say, 'I am rich, and increased with possessions, and am in need of nothing;' and do not know that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked, I counsel you to buy from me gold tried in the fire, so that you may be rich; and white garments, so that you may be clothed and the shame of your nakedness may not appear; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, so that you may see. Rev 3:16-18.
Woe to you who are full! For you shall hunger. He is saying, woe to you if you are not hungry for righteousness, and feel you have everything you need. He is saying that if you are satisfied with this life, and have no desire for something better, then in the next life you will certainly be hungry, famished, and starving for righteousness. And so, your reward is limited to having been full in this life; and in your next life, you will deeply hunger.
Woe to you who laugh now! For you shall mourn and weep. Here He is not saying that laughing is a sin; (even though revelry or partying is). He is saying that if we are laughing, we don't understand how far removed from the approval of God we are. He is saying that if we could really see the state of our selfish, greedy, angry, lustful, envious, covetous, immoral, beastly self — we would be in mourning for our condition. Blessed are those who mourn. Blessed are those who are poor in spirit. When we go to him, after he encourages us, and after he identifies himself as a friend, then he will show us our slavery to sin. Then we are sad. Then we don't laugh. Then we have godly sorrow for our conditions, which produces repentance. But until a man goes to the Holy Spirit to be shown the sins in his heart, he really doesn't understand how deep his slavery to sin is. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of merriment. Ecc 7:4. If you continue to laugh and make merry in this life, you will weep and mourn in the next life.