Sermon given 26 February 2011

The Beatitudes - Part 2

by Jon Bowles

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Last week we began looking at Matthew 5, 6, and 7 and particularly the Beatitudes. We started and went through the first two of the Beatitudes, as part of a process because Passover is now only seven weeks away, and we are commanded to examine ourselves and certainly the area of examination that we need to make sure we look at again is the area of repentance. When we repent, we repent FROM something and repent TO something and therefore it's worthwhile looking at what we actually repent to. Because over here in Matthew 5 it does tell us in verse 17:

"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to [fill to the brim, and it is very clear:]...Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be [brought to pass]." (Matthew 5:17-18)

Again, the word 'fulfil' in verse 17, [Strong's G4137] and the word 'fulfilled' in verse 18, [Strong's G1096] are different. And it goes on to say in Matthew 5:19:

"Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least [the ellipsis is; by those in] the kingdom of heaven [because chances are they aren't going to be there unless they repent]: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:19-20)

So, it is very clear from this verse that the way the scribes and Pharisees were looking at the Law and treating the Law and going down through the Law and making very meticulous rules and regulations, is not the way to address the Law. This is really what we find here. Another scripture I read was in Hebrews 6:1 when we are looking at the subject of repentance, when we repent from something, and to something. Here it says:

"Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection [Matthew 5, 6 and 7 talks about being perfect, as your Father in heaven is perfect]; not laying again the foundation of repentance [which is what we are really looking for as far as Passover is concerned and examining ourselves regarding repentance] from dead works, and of faith toward God," (Hebrews 6:1)

So, you repent from dead works and then you have faith towards God as Mr Armstrong was saying in 'The World Tomorrow' programme just a few minutes ago. Turn over to Hebrews 9:14 it says:

"How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" (Hebrews 9:14)

So, the repentance is from dead works to serve the Living God. As I brought out as well; "...they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." (John 4:24). It is this new way of looking at the Law. It's not that the Law has changed. The Law hasn't changed at all – not one jot, not one tittle, not anything that comes from the Law at all! The keeping of it has got to be even greater. It has got to exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees who looked at it in the legalistic way, at the letter of the Law. It has got to be by the Spirit. It has got to be administered by the Spirit and not the letter as I was bringing out. I used about half the sermon to go into that area as an introduction into the Beatitudes.

I pointed out how in Genesis 2, we would look and see the Law being given to Adam and Eve, and in the form that there are two ways of life. You don't go ahead and take the knowledge of good and evil to yourself. That way that you go out and take the knowledge of good and evil to yourself, is a way of get; you are going out and getting it for yourself. Whereas the Tree of Life is the way of give. It is the way of God's Law, God's mind, and God's character.

That was then given again over in Exodus 20, when Israel came to Mt Sinai and the Law was given to Israel. The captive people had just been released from Egypt. Again, this all ties up with the fact that it is the time of year that we are heading into; the Passover and Unleavened Bread time. Here we are looking at Exodus 20, where the giving of the Law was given at that time, the Ten Commandments, ten areas, ten words; it doesn't actually say 'Commandments' in the original. It's words, it's phrases, the ten phrases that sum up this way of life. It's the way of life that is key.

We find again, when you come to Deuteronomy, as I pointed out that 'Duo' means two, 'Torah' is the Law, and 'onomy', like astronomy, is the study of. So, you are studying the Law, for the second time basically, or the giving of the Law for the second time. That giving of the Law, you find that it was given as a prelude to them going into the Promised Land.

When we come to Matthew 5, 6, and 7, Christ is also giving the Law. He talks about the Law. He had not come to destroy the Law. The Law is not being destroyed at all. It is going to be reinforced, it is going to be magnified. It is going to be given in such a way that the true righteousness as He says; "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." (Matthew 5:48). It is the righteousness that is the same kind of mind that God has. That is the essence of the section we are looking at.

The interesting point is, here in Matthew 5:1, it does say that seeing the multitudes and all the rest of the human beings that were there at that time:

"... he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples [students] came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying," (Matthew 5:1-2)

Then He went into the actual Beatitudes The entire section here, Matthew 5, 6 and 7 were initially addressed to the students. Those particular students – for a recap of what we went through before: Luke 14 expresses what is necessary to actually become a student of Jesus Christ, to become a disciple. It is a high price. So, when we are looking at examining our repentance, whether we are actually repentant, turning from our own way, to serve the Living God; from our own way, our own dead works that were leading in the way of death, to then serve the Living God, which then leads in the way of life, as the Tree of Life. We need to understand that as students that have done that, there is a certain price to pay. In Luke 14:27 it says:

"And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost..." (Luke 14:27-28))

When the ministry is actually counselling somebody for baptism, we have to ask them about counting the cost. Have they really counted the cost of the step they are about to take? Baptism itself, going under the water is a symbol of something that is going on inside. When we come to the Passover, each year when we approach the Passover, we examine ourself, we go through a similar process to the process we go through prior to baptism. That is a case of counting the cost. We should have counted the cost prior to baptism and that cost is very high, but also so is the reward. Luke 14:28:

"...whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him," (Luke 14:28-29)

So, have we really counted the cost; the examination of ourselves, the repentance from dead works, works that are leading in the way of death to serve the Living God? Have we actually counted the cost of that to us? We need to examine the fact that have we repented? Have we changed our direction of life, the focus of life, the way in which we are going? Luke 14:30:

"Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?" (Luke 14:30-31)

Now ten thousand meeting twenty thousand is a no-brainer. You know who is going to win unless you have something else up your sleeve. You've got something else up your sleeve, be that you are on top of a high hill, or you are in a castle, or you've got some other technique of being able to defeat the enemy, you have got to count that cost. Luke 14:32:

"Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my [student]." (Luke 14:32-33)

So these individuals that were coming up to Him, 2He opened His mouth and taught them, saying..." and gave Matthew 5, 6 and 7, laying out the re-giving of the Law, the giving of the Law for the New Covenant, the New Agreement that Christ actually brought. He was the Messenger of the Covenant as it mentions in Malachi. Here He was, laying out the Law. How to look at the Law; how to examine the Law; how to administer the Law. The way in which that Law has got to be administered. Luke 14:33:

"So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple." (Luke 14:33)

It's not good enough to be a Pharisee, keeping the Law ever so meticulously. Everything, every aspect of our existence, has got to come under that Word of God. That's the cost. When it says, he's counted the cost, that is the cost. Everything! It doesn't matter what it is. Every aspect of our existence has got to come under a thinking - which is a thinking as God thinks. That's the cost. If we can't think as God thinks, then the way we administer it is like a Pharisee, going down the list of points and ticking off the points Then we won't be in the Kingdom of Heaven, because it says that we won't if our righteousness doesn't exceed the righteousness of a Pharisee.

The Pharisee would say; "...God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican." (Luke 18:11). The publican had a different view of life. He didn't lift his eyes up to heaven. He recognized himself. He recognized the difference between the way he was and the way God is, and he had to therefore, be changed, be converted.

Therefore, when we read Matthew 5, 6, and 7, it is the conversion process that we are looking at. It is the repentance that we need, not just what we are changing from, but what we are changing then to, which is the mind of God, the character of God, the Way, the principle of the Law, the very thinking that actually gave the Law in the first place. And it requires forsaking all; as it says in Luke 14:33:

"So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?" (Luke 14:33-34)

If we go through life and we get baptized - we count the cost and we go ahead and get baptized - but we don't examine ourselves periodically – it's not just the Passover. Pre-Passover is the time we are told to examine ourselves, but it is throughout the entire year. If we don't examine ourselves, if the salt loses its flavour. Does the salt still have the flavour? Are we still counting the cost? Do we still have the determination to submit ourselves to God in everything, regardless, for eternity? It's not just something when we go into baptism. It's not just, oh, now we're baptized, now we can sit back and relax. That is not the way it works. It is repentance, turning from our way to God's way, from that point of repentance and then keeping on repenting as we see more areas that need to be changed in our lives back to God's way. We bring our lives into God's way. This is a continual process. This is why periodically, and certainly once a year, we examine ourselves. Because as Luke 14:34 says:

"...if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, [make sure that that individual does indeed] hear."

If we go back to Matthew 5 again - we looked at these first two. They were the only two we managed to get to last time:

"Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:3)

This certainly is the focal point, it's the starting place. The attitude and frame of mind; you look at the publican as opposed to the Pharisee that got before God. The publican wouldn't raise his eyes to heaven. He recognized himself in relationship to God. So to start out, the very starting place, on repentance is to recognize what we are. To recognize what the relationship is between ourselves and God. That is the starting place. Matthew 5:4 says:

"Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted." (Matthew 5:4)

When you do that, you then start mourning, quite frankly, because you see the difference between what we should be and what we are at the moment. As I then brought out, if you turn back to Isaiah 66:2, there is a passage here that seems to bring these qualities together, both the poor in spirit and they that mourn because it mentions here:

"For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the [Eternal]: but to this [house] will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word." (Isaiah 66:2)

And, interestingly enough; "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil." (Matthew 5:17). Fill it to the brim, to give the full meaning of it. It is the poor in Spirit and the trembling at God's Word that is so vitally important as a starting point. The context of this fits within the fact in Isaiah 65:17 creating new heavens and a new earth and the Kingdom of God and all the governance of that Kingdom. The reverse prophecy that it is actually sandwiched in there. And we also find those that mourn here in Isaiah 66:10 it says:

"Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her:" (Isaiah 66:10)

As I pointed out, Jerusalem is often - and particularly in Isaiah - it's taken to refer to the wider Church. It is where Zion should be, where Zion resides. Zion is the dwelling place of God, so that's the Church spiritually. We look at the shattered Church today, and we should be mourning for what we see. Isaiah 66:11:

"That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory. For thus saith the [Eternal], Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees. As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem." (Isaiah 66:11-13)

So, eventually if we are mourning for the position we find ourselves in today - and remember the context of this, this particular passage in this reverse prophecy that's going backwards from the new heaven and new earth, going backwards to the actual Temple to which Christ will return - so we are looking at right now. It is a prophecy that is absolutely talking to every one of us within the Church now. Because we will eventually; "...see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb..." (Isaiah 66:14) be comforted in Jerusalem as Spiritual Zion, ruling in that area of Jerusalem.

Blessed Are The Meek (PLAY FROM 17:43)

So, if we go back to Matthew chapter 5 again; that was a recap of what we covered last time. Certainly, we've got to see the passage here in the context in which it is found. But here, in Matthew 5:5 it goes to the next section:

"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth." (Matthew 5:5)

Now that particular passage didn't come out of a clear blue sky. It actually comes from a specific Psalm and the Psalm is very interesting. It's interesting that many of these passages that you will find in the New Testament come from the Psalms.

It is also interesting - and very interesting indeed - that the Psalms were attacked by the apostacy. One of the first things that was done, at great expense, was to rip out the old song book that we sing from today, throw it away and then get another song book in there with the Protestant songs in there. They basically undermined the Psalms. Mr Armstrong was moving the Church progressively towards the Psalms, towards the Word of God, and yet the Psalms were the first thing that was really attacked. Because you get rid of that, you get rid of a swathe of prophecy, you get rid of the encouragement that was meant for the Church. Remember, it is designed to be sung in the Temple, the Temple is the Church. These words need to be in the Church.

Psalm 37:11, this particular one I personally enjoy, because this is a direct quote, it says:

"But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace." (Psalm 37:11)

That's where Christ, the Living Word of God, who is the same yesterday, today and forever obtained those words from. It was a re-giving of the Law; but re-giving of the Law to encourage who? His students. The ones that were studying the new way of life. It's the same way of life God has had all the way back, but it is the New Covenant, the New Agreement that was being made with man and therefore administration was according to that Spirit. It wasn't that the Law was done away. The Law remains exactly the same. Not one jot, not one tittle, nothing comes out of the Law at all. But the administration is different. It is by the Spirit. It is according to the principle. It is according to the intent. It is the way God thinks. Here, this particular Psalm, when we look at the context – let's start at the beginning, Psalm 37:1:

"Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the [Eternal], and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed." (Psalm 37:1-3)

Again notice, you will dwell in the land. Where will you be comforted? You will be comforted in Jerusalem. It is very much the case that the Church, Mt Zion, the Spiritual Zion, shall begin ruling in Jerusalem. This is why today, right now, there is trouble in the Middle East. Satan is stirring up the trouble in the Middle East. As I brought out in the 'Update' this week it is because the focal point of Christ's attention is going to be in that Middle Eastern area, the land. Psalm 37:4:

"Delight thyself also in the [Eternal]: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart [you will be comforted in Jerusalem and when your heart sees this you will rejoice as it says over in Isaiah 66:10]. Commit thy way unto the [Eternal]; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday [righteousness and judgment are going to be necessary to be applied in the future when we are judging righteously from Jerusalem]. Rest in the [Eternal], and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass." (Psalm 37:4-7)

It's interesting, it doesn't say; "blessed are the patient." My wife reminded me of that today as we got behind somebody who was rather slow off the mark going round a certain roundabout! It doesn't say "blessed are the patient" does it? We are going to have to see this world come to its end. You know you watch the news, and you see the news, and you do have to have a certain degree of patience, an incredible degree of patience. Psalm 37:8:

"Cease from anger [that's the problem, you look at what's going on and you do get angry with what's going on - stop it, don't get angry], and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil [in other words, don't make yourself go ahead and sin because of what you are looking at]. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the [Eternal], they shall inherit the earth." (Psalm 37:8-9)

As we will go on and see in this particular Psalm, He is going into this area, over and over and over again. That the inheritance of the earth is what is going to be given to God's people. The meek as he goes on and expresses it. Psalm 37:10:

"For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be." (Psalm 37:10)

The people that you see at the present time who are giving grief to the Church of God, giving grief to the ideas of God, who seem to be getting away with blue murder, who are making the environment of the nations in which we live, more and more difficult for people who want to go ahead and live God's way. That is what we are finding. Where you are an offender for a word. This is what we are finding in society. Don't worry, don't worry, don't fret. Don't make yourself do evil because of it; they will be cut off in due time. Psalm 37:10:

"For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place [it's not going to be there]. But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace." (Psalm 37:10-11)

That is what you need to focus on. So, here He is talking to the disciples; "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth." (Matthew 5:5). That is what He points back to. It is talking over and over again in Psalm 37:

[We mentioned verse 3 where it says] "...so shalt thou dwell in the land...[Verse 9, where it says] For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the [Eternal. They shall inherit the earth, verse 11] But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. [Verse 22] For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off." (Psalm 37:3-22 paraphrased)

Again, go through the entire Psalm. Read the entire Psalm. It is a very encouraging Psalm, Psalm 37:29:

"The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever." Over and over and over again this is being mentioned. Psalm 37:34:

"Wait on the [Eternal], and keep his way [notice, keep His way, His mindset, His frame of mind, His character], and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it [over and over again, He is being encouraging, it goes on and says]. I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree. Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found. Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace." (Psalm 37:34-37)

Remember, what is Christ saying? The meek will inherit the earth. He is describing this to His disciples, His students. The students of this new way of life. This new way of life being the very mind and the very character and the heart of God, the way God thinks. Psalm 37:38:

"But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off. But the salvation [the rescue] of the righteous is of the [Eternal]: he is their strength in the time of trouble. And the [Eternal] shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him." (Psalm 37:38-40)

As I say, it is an amazing Psalm. It is something certainly that we can go back to and sing. If you turn back a couple of pages to Psalm 25:8, there is another Psalm here; we see here a little bit more about what it means to be meek. Remember, we are talking about disciples, we're talking about students; this is what He opened His mouth to actually describe to them. Here notice:

"Good and upright is the [Eternal]: therefore will he teach sinners in the way." (Psalm 25:8)

Notice; teaching. What are students? What are disciples? They are students who learn. Who is teaching? Christ was teaching. He opened His mouth and taught them saying, Psalm 25:9:

"The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way." (Psalm 25:9)

So, what is that telling us? When it's saying what does it mean to be meek? What is this word that is being translated as meek? What does it actually mean? Well, it means, being teachable. Being teachable; that's what it literally means, that's what it's talking about. It is having the frame of mind that you can be taught.

There was an interesting article that I came across in the Telegraph last Wednesday. It was about a school in London. It is called; 'High Expectations and No Excuses'. This particular school in London was a dead-end place and then this particular master, headmaster, took it over and completely and totally transformed it. It says:

"It is easy to forget, and the posters of Milton and Mandella, how challenging the lives of some of these children are. Some of them have lost both parents to heroin addiction. Others, including one of the successful Cambridge applicants are single parents [their lives have been a mess, and they are living in broken homes, this is the Hackney area where they are coming from]. Many live with violence and crime. A whopping 58 percent of students have statements of special educational needs, and 43 percent are on free school meals."

Yet, this school has been turned round because of the headmaster and because of certain things that he did. It says:

"Mossbourne is a grammar school within a comprehensive intake [when he says comprehensive, it means the comprehensive educational system], says Sir Michael. I realized a long time ago that if you work with disadvantaged children, you can't be woolly. It is about meticulous standards. Standing up for teachers, using Sir, and Miss, lots of homework, very clear boundaries, no excuses and high expectations. In return, all the students get the very best of what we can offer."

Interesting isn't it, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you won't be there. The righteousness standards are high. Any of us that get up to speak – ministers and anybody else that gets up to speak, make sure that, that is the case. The standards remain as high as they are. They've got to be; you can't be woolly about God's Law. God's Law has got to be kept. It has got to be kept in its Spirit, in its intent. It has got to be administered properly. You don't go ahead and fool around saying; "Oh, well it doesn't mean what it says. You can go ahead and break God's Law and you can still make it into the Kingdom." No, you can't! That is not the way it works at all. Unless your righteousness exceeds that righteousness, you won't be there!

"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." (Matthew 5:48). He has given Christ as a sacrifice. That is why we go to the Passover. Passover is there so that we can have the sacrifice, so when we fail, we can claim that sacrifice and re-establish that contact with God to get the Spirit of God, the mind of God, the character of God. Here, it is saying; "Only high expectations and no excuses are allowed within this particular school." It says:

"There is this view that children from poor areas cannot achieve, says Sir Michael Wilshaw, the inspirational executive principal at Mossbourne Academy. The thing that I am most proud of, is that we have shown that they can. I am also proud that we have done it in Hackney, which was one of the lowest achieving areas in the country. The line has been clear from the start, no excuses – you can do it."

There was no lowering of standards at all. If anything, it was the raising of standards that caused this school to excel. It says:

"Certainly, the no excuses culture and discipline is at the heart of its success. A thick, indelible, non-negotiable line is drawn [notice what it then says]. Each lesson [notice, each lesson], every single lesson in this school begins with the students pledging to quote: 'retain an inquiring mind.'"

So, they all stand and they pledge to retain an inquiring mind for that class of an hour. That's the way he did it. He got them to pledge that they would retain that inquiring mind and they would therefore listen. They would listen to what he had to say, and therefore be able to learn. And as it says here in Psalm 25:8:

"Good and upright is the [Eternal]: therefore will he teach sinners in the way. The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way." (Psalm 25:8-9)

The teachable will He guide in judgment, and the teachable will He teach His way. We have got to become teachable. We've got to have an inquiring mind of God's Way, of God's mindset, of God's character, and to make sure that we are interested. We've got an inquiring mind wondering at what God has done. I get the impression that some people don't have that. They think; "Oh well, all I can do is lie back and think nice thoughts and that's all I need to do." No. You need an inquiring mind.

What is this Being like? It's not just like in character wise, it's what is He like? He's a Creator. How did He create? Do we have an inquiring mind? Are we so dull that we think; "Oh, that's scientific, we don't want to listen to that?" Well, I'm sorry, but that's the way our God, our Father and our Elder Brother are - as Creators. This world in which we live is a fascinating place - a fascinating place. Now the character that He is creating in us is of far greater importance; but nevertheless, we should have an inquiring mind. We should be thinking, what is God really like? What is He like? How has He made what He's made? Understand more about Him.

Look out in the heavens and have an inquiring mind as far as astronomy is concerned. What is it like out there? It's interesting what they found recently, is that earth-like planets, they put telescopes out there, and they discovered many earth-like planets. Far more than they imagined they would find. It looks as if the Goldilocks Zone, as they term it, that area has planets there. They are now getting space telescopes, looking in various nearby stars and they are finding these earth-like planets in the right areas.

Now, what does that tell you as a Church member? That chances are we will go out and find planets which are earth-like, there waiting for the children of God to administer! Doesn't it excite? Isn't that something? They are actually going to send out more space telescopes with greater accuracy just to discover this, because it's unusual. It's not what they expected to find. How do they explain it? It's not what they expected to find. Who put it there? Why is it like that? Oh, it just happens to be. You can get away with your anthropic principle as far as ourselves, looking at reality. The only way that is possible is if we happen to be hitting the right one, the right instance of reality, the right, multiverse. But it does not explain all these other planets out there as well. That is not explained at all.

It is an interesting time that we find ourselves in, because I am sure God is going to rub our noses in the truth. Whether it be the ark, be it the planets they are discovering, the DNA, so that when He returns, they are not going to have any excuses. The ordinary mind of man, except it's being perverted, should come to a clear resolution that there is a Designer, there is a Creative Designer a work.

Now this subject of being meek; the first time that word is used is in Numbers 12:1. Many times, when you go and want to try and understand a word, you go to the first instance where it is actually being used and you will find a great deal about it. Here is no exception:

"And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian [the Cushite] woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman." (Numbers 12:1)

Strong's H3947, doesn't actually say married, it's 'taken' a Cushite woman. Now if you believe Josephus, this particular woman was a princess, and it was part of the negotiated settlement of the actual capture of this Citadel that she was to marry the General and the General happened to be Moses. This is according to Josephus. But the problem wasn't that; the problem was Aaron and Miriam in Numbers 12:2:

"And they said, Hath the [Eternal] indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the [Eternal] heard it." (Numbers 12:2)

Remember this is; "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." (Hebrews 13:8). The same One who sat down and His students came to Him and; "...he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying...Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth." (Matthew 5:2,5). And who was He thinking of at that time? Well, Numbers 12:3 says:

"Now the man Moses was very meek [this is the first use of this particular word in the Hebrew scriptures], above all the men which were upon the face of the earth." (Numbers 12:3)

Remember, we have just seen over in Psalm 25:8-9, and shown how the word meek is associated with teachability. That is what it is meaning here. It's teachability by God. It's that God can teach. God can open His mouth. That Jesus Christ can open His mouth and teach this individual, and that this individual will listen.

So when we are looking and talking about disciples, talking about students, who Christ sits down and starts teaching, this is a vital part. Because you know; "Blessed are the meek [they are the teachable]: for they shall inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:5). They are the ones who are going to be there then teaching in the earth, teaching in the world tomorrow, the teachers. That's what it is talking about. Numbers 12:4:

"And the [Eternal] spake suddenly [literally; abruptly, He, Jesua Christ yelled, Strong's H6597] unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out [that is the implication of the wording, in other words, He was none too pleased about what was going on!]. And the [Eternal] came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth. And he said, Hear now my words [why did He say Moses was meek? Because he was teachable, he heard the Word of God]: If there be a prophet among you, I the [Eternal] will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the [Eternal] shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses? And the anger of the [Eternal] was kindled against them; and he departed. (Numbers 12:4-9)

So, it was the way in which He said, "Look, I can talk to whoever I want to, in a dream or vision, or whatever, but this individual I'm talking to face to face. This individual is teachable. He'll listen to me face to face." He was exceedingly meek above all that were on the face of the earth. He wasn't weak. He was a General. You look at his temper, his temper got him into all kinds of trouble.

The fact is, this first use of this word meek, gives us a great deal of information regarding what it means. So, when it talks about the meek; "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth." (Matthew 5:5). It means blessed are the teachable, the ones who can be taught; that God and Jesus Christ, the Living Word of God, can speak to and they will listen. They are pledging to have an inquiring mind after the Way, and the mind and character and expression of God.

Now, if we turn over to Matthew 11:27, we find that the Individual who yelled at Moses and Aaron and Miriam, and it appears that Miriam was the real ringleader in the rebellion at that time. This Individual, who then became Jesus Christ, He was Himself of the same kind of individual as Moses was, He was meek, He was teachable. As it says here:

"All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek [I am teachable, as we will go on and see] and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls [i.e. you become like me]. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:27)

Once you have come to Christ in a repentant frame of mind, and you have allowed the blood of Christ to actually cover the sins that we've got - which is why we are coming to Passover - you can then ask for the access to God the Father, and with that help, we can keep God's Law. We can allow that strength to actually work within us.

It is the only way. We can work ever so hard our self and be the most meticulous Pharisee, and it will fail, but this way actually will work. That is the only way that actually works, and it is the same way that Christ kept the Law; that Christ actually kept the Law Himself, as we will go on and see in one of the other Beatitudes, because He was also teachable. Turn over to John 5:19 and we will see some instances of that:

"Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise." (John 5:19)

He was teachable by the Father. The Father could teach Him. He looked to the Father continually. He could do nothing by Himself whatsoever. He realized where His strength actually came from. In John 5:30 it says:

"I can of mine own self do nothing [if Christ of Himself can do nothing, neither can we, we have got to become perfect as the Father is perfect; Christ was perfect as the Father is perfect, He lived a perfect, sinless life, we therefore, have to be meek as He was]: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me." (John 5:30)

In other words, I am teachable by the Father. If you turn over a couple of pages to John 8:28 you find the same sentiment expressed here where it says:

"Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things." (John 8:28)

"As my Father has taught Me." He, being meek with meekness, being teachable, was able then to receive that instruction. It's interesting, one of the articles that went up recently onto the site, was an article; ' Reports About Garner Ted False' this was from the Worldwide News from the 6th of March 1981. Here, Mr Armstrong as he says:

"Let me speak frankly and candidly."

Now, for those of you who have perhaps never lived through that particular time, Mr Herbert Armstrong's son, Mr Garner Ted Armstrong was second in command within the work. He had been removed from office a couple of times for indiscretions and then finally he was removed from office permanently and disfellowshipped. This is where there were certain reports about them getting together again, and Mr Armstrong therefore wrote this to clarify the true situation at this time which was back in the 6th of March, 1981. It says:

"There have been many words about details of why my son was sent away … But the real basic CAUSE lies in something my son was quoted as saying some time ago in a newspaper – to the effect that he had never agreed with his father. Newspapers almost never quote one correctly. But it seems to me that this statement attributed to him is about true and explains basically it all."

So, this really sums up the fact that he never agreed with Mr Herbert Armstrong.

"In my serious in-depth study of the Bible from the fall of 1926 to spring of 1927, I had been challenged and I was studying almost night and day to have my own way [notice what he says] - TO PROVE THAT GOD IN THE BIBLE SAID WHAT I THEN BELIEVED HE SAID [that was the way he approached the study to start off with]. But I had to see with my own eyes that God in the Bible said just the opposite of what I believed. I had to learn that I was WRONG– not only in what I believed but what I was..."

Remember what we are going through the Beatitudes for, is because of examination, of repentance prior to Passover. Now that examination of repentance - you don't just repent of what you've done, we repent of what we are, we are human. Repentance doesn't mean just being sorry. Repentance means turning. So, we turn from a way that is human to a way that is Godly. To a character and mind and attitude and approach that is in line in attitude and approach of a born son of God eventually and a begotten son of God now.

"...I had to learn that I was WRONG– not only in what I believed but what I was. I learned that I had NOT AGREED WITH GOD."

That's the problem. We weren't teachable. We were not agreed with what God has got to say to us.

"Two can’t walk together except they be agreed (Amos 3:3). I had to REPENT of what I was, what I had done (turn from it), and of what I had believed. I realized I had never AGREED WITH GOD. I was not until then walking with God. He opened my mind to UNDERSTAND His Word – what God says. Adam did not believe God. Multiple thousands heard Jesus preach, but only 120 believed what He said. Just about the most rare thing on earth is to BELIEVE GOD. To AGREE WITH GOD!"

"I PROVED the Bible was God’s Word – God speaking in writing. I surrendered completely to Him. I decided with all my heart to GIVE myself to Him. Jesus Christ had bought and paid for me with His shed blood. I decided to GIVE myself to Him, and to WALK WITH HIM!"

"As we have walked along together, AGREED, I have stumbled and fallen down through weakness – not disagreement..."

This again, when we are examining repentance, that is the fundamental. The fact that we acknowledge that God has a right, a perfect right; the Creator of reality, has a perfect right to define morality. The definition of reality that we see all around us comes from this Being, this Creator God. He also has a perfect right to define morality as well. We have got to come to a point of agreement with that. Not that we always do it, but at least we agree with it.

"As we have walked along together, AGREED, I have stumbled and fallen down through weakness – not disagreement – a few times as in I John 1:6-9 (which study again), when I confessed and repented, He reached down, forgave, picked me back up so I could continue walking with Him. But I had to AGREE with Him (His Word)."

Now in I John 1:6, it says in verse 6:

"If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. [But]If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (I John 1:6-9)

So, we have got to agree that God's Way is right. We have got to agree with God. We have got to come to the Father and ask for Christ's blood to be applied on our behalf, but the agreement, that's the difference. In repentance, when we come to the point of baptism, we change from going our way, and going God's Way. When we examine ourself and our repentance prior to Passover, we are checking that – yes, we really have changed. We really have counted the cost. We really are turned and fully turned to the best of our ability to turn towards God and His Way. We don't try and fudge the issues by saying; "Oh, God doesn't REALLY mean that we become perfect like Him. It doesn't REALLY mean that we have to do this." Yes, we do. Yes, we do. That's why the sacrifice of Christ is given, so that we can claim that sacrifice on repentance. We have got to walk in a repentant frame of mind throughout our life. Mr Armstrong continues:

"...when I confessed and repented, He reached down, forgave, picked me back up so I could continue walking with Him. But I had to AGREE with Him [agree with](His Word)."

So, the agreement has got to be there. Mr Armstrong continues:

"My son did not agree with me. And since I was agreeing with CHRIST and walking with Him, my son – whether he realized it or not – was disagreeing in many ways with Christ. We just could no longer walk together." ' Reports About Garner Ted False'

In other words, he was going away, and you read other areas about this problem that arose. In fact, the specific Co-worker letter, 'Co-Worker Letter 21 May 1978' in which Mr Armstrong gives the letter that he sent to Mr Ted Armstrong he said that:

"You disagreed with the way I was doing this, and the way this was done, and the way that was done, and over and over and over and over again, it was the way things were done; and the way that God had actually led Mr Armstrong to understand certain aspects." 'Co-Worker Letter 21 May 1978' (paraphrased)

There were fundamental disagreements with the Way. It is the Way of God and the application. When you go back to Matthew 5, 6, and 7 you are looking at the application of the Law. The administration of the Law. The way the Law is to be understood. That is what we learned, that is what we learned. Let's have a look over in Philippians 2:3 it says:

"Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus [this mind of meekness, of teachability]: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him[self] the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord [the sovereign ruler], to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:3-11)

So, He was teachable, He was meek; and because of His meekness and teachability, He was then given jurisdiction over the earth and everything else as well. The thing that we are told is; "Blessed are the meek [because it is coming from this passage over in Psalm 37:11]: for they shall inherit the earth." (Matthew 5:5).

Blessed Are Those That Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness (PLAY FROM 56:01

Let's go back again to Matthew 5:6 and here is the next one it mentions:

"Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled." (Matthew 5:6)

Now it's interesting, this particular one - if you notice what it says in Matthew 5:17, where we have read before:

"Think not that I am come to destroy the law.... I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil [fill it to the brim]." (Matthew 5:17)

It's interesting that it's talking here; "...for they shall be filled." (Matthew 5:6) where it talks about those who; "...do hunger and thirst after righteousness..." (Matthew 5:6). You can also draw an analogy with it as well. It's not just that they will be filled with righteousness - it is talking that they will be filled with righteousness; but also the righteousness itself is going to be filled to the brim. Because it says here; "Think not that I am come to destroy...but to fulfil [fill it to the brim]." (Matthew 5:17). To fill the understanding to the absolute maximum.

If you want to put in your notes; "...when it was full, they drew to shore..." (Matthew 13:48). Talking about a net being filled. The word 'full', is this same word, Strong's G4137. It is fulfilled, filled to the full. The actual righteousness is to be filled to the full.

There is also another aspect being brought out in this particular section of scripture. That is if you look in Matthew 6:16, it says:

"Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. [Truly] I say unto you, They have their reward." (Matthew 6:16)

Now, it's going on about when you pray, when you fast, when you do alms and the various things in the beginning verses and it then goes on and says in Matthew 6:19:

"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven..." (Matthew 6:19-20)

In other words, these areas of our life are areas that are not seen, and shouldn't be seen. We are doing it because we are being obedient to God. Part of this is the fact that we fast from time to time. Matthew 6:16:

Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. [Truly] I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly." (Matthew 6:16-18)

So, when it says; "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness..." (Matthew 5:6). Part of that also would include fasting. Do we hunger and thirst literally so that righteousness will be the result? For they will be filled; not only will they be filled with righteousness; but the righteousness that they will have will be a type of righteousness, a type of Law keeping, which is filled to the brim, to fill full. We find this hungering and thirsting after righteousness in Matthew 13:47. Just notice here:

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full [filled full, this is the same word being used that I referred you to], they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away." (Matthew 13:47-48)

That is the word which is being used. The one I want to concentrate on is in Matthew 13:44:

"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)

So, everything is sold. Every penny that he can raise so that he can get that field so that the treasure will then be his. He doesn't have a treasure trove, which we do have over here. Any treasure that's been hidden, even if it's on your own land, actually belongs to the Crown. Which of the monarchs actually came up with that one, I have no idea but obviously somebody did! Matthew 13:45:

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it." (Matthew 13:45-46)

So, as far as the hungering and thirsting for righteousness, it is a case of making sure, putting our money where our mouth is, putting our efforts in the right areas; and it is the righteousness that is the key ingredient. Deuteronomy 8:1, that righteousness is defined by the very Commandments, by the very Words of God and here it says:

"All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the [Eternal] sware unto your fathers [so that Law was vital to ancient Israel as well]. And thou shalt remember all the way which the [Eternal] thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to [test] thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no." (Deuteronomy 8:1-2)

Now you ask the question; Who was to know what was in their hearts, God? Is that really what he's saying here? Well you can put in your notes; "Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come." (I Corinthians 10:11). So that we can look back and know what was in their hearts. But also that they as Deuteronomy 8:3 says:

"And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make [YOU] KNOW THAT... [ So what was in their heart? It was for them, that they are going to understand; they are going to know ultimately, they are going to understand] that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the [Eternal - that's how a man has got to live]." (Deuteronomy 8:3)

That is how man is going to live. It is a case that who needs to know that? Does God need to know that? Does He need to prove that? No, it's not God that needs to know that. It's us. It's us that needs to know that. It's ultimately all Israel eventually, but also those that are looking at Israel; those on whom the ends of the age have come. Those disciples, those students that can use this as an example because they have books like this that have been printed in the last few hundred years. They can go, and with a computer they can cut and dice to their hearts content in these present last few decades. In fact, not even decades. It's going to be two decades at the most that we've had the kind of capabilities that we have today. Deuteronomy 8:3

"And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna [the very word 'manna', Strong's H4478, is what is it?], which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the [Eternal] doth man live."

Now, if we turn over to John 4:13, This hungering and thirsting after righteousness, we find here, the same kind of analogy being used, it says:

"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)

So again, the thirst that we have is the thirst for the very Spirit of God. It is a well of water that will spring up to everlasting life. The sacrifice of Christ allows us access to the Father. That access to the Father then gives us access to the very Spirit of God, and gives us the everlasting life that is necessary. It's interesting, He says to this particular woman in John 4:21:

"Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews." (John 4:21-22)

The righteousness is indeed, coming from the very Word of God. This manna, this bread of righteousness, is a Living Word. Put in your notes; "...all thy commandments are righteousness." (Psalm 119:172). It is the Commandments, but it is the way those Commandments have got to be kept. If we go over to John 6:26, Christ goes into this hungering for righteousness, hungering for the Living Word of God. The Living Word of God is what produces this righteousness. The analogies of the parallels with manna are very clear in this particular passage of scripture. It says:

"Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour not for the [food] which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed [here He is saying, 'Look, get your mind focused on the right place', verse 31]. Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat [they were after the physical side]. Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he [or that] which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world." (John 6:26-27,31-33)

Notice, it is real life. Hunger and thirst for righteousness and they shall be filled, because it's real life. What do you hunger and thirst for? If you have fasted for a while, what is it that we hunger and thirst for? Well, we hunger and thirst for food. In the same way, it says why do we hunger and thirst for food? What is the purpose of it? The purpose of it is so that we can live; so that we can have energy. So that we have the kind of life that we need. If we don't eat and we don't drink, we die. In the same way it says; "For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world." (John 6:33). It's the same kind of process involved in the hungering for righteousness, because that righteousness will give life. It is the Tree of Life. It is the Tree of Life that is the Commandments of God coming from the Spirit of God, the mind of God, the expression of God. John 6:34:

"Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me [remember, He is the Living Word, He is the Word that is personified, His way of life, His expression, His expression of God is then personified within this life that is there] "I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst." (John 6:34-35)

He is talking about it spiritually in that sense. It says in John 6:41:

"The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven? Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me." (John 6:41-45)

What happens then? It is the Living Bread. This is very much the bread of Unleavened Bread that He is talking about here. It goes on into John 6:48:

"I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead [in other words, it didn't actually do the job that it needed to do]. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world [this is the Living Christ]. The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" (John 6:48-52)

Then sandwiched within this, is a section referring to the Passover. What He is talking about up to John 6:53, is the Living Bread, is the manna. It's the thing that we eat day by day. The Word of God in other words. It comes from the Spirit of God. But it is also in the context of "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day." (John 6:44). The only people that will be in that category, are those that will take the Passover, and take the Passover properly, which is why He puts in John 6:53-56, a section about the Passover. Because these individuals that the Father has drawn are the ones that actually take the Passover, and take the Passover properly. He goes back to the subject of the Living Bread again in John 6:57:

"As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me [again, this Living Bread, this manna]. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum." (John 6:57-59)

John 6:63 explains what He is talking about:

"It is the spirit that quickeneth [that makes alive, remember He has been talking about Living Bread]; the flesh profiteth nothing [He is not talking about flesh, He is not talking about Himself; He is not talking about His physical flesh, not transubstantiation, that's not what He is talking about]: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." (John 4:63)

So, you hunger and thirst for righteousness and you therefore are filled. It therefore, produces the life. It says in John 6:68:

"Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life." (John 6:68)

It is the Word of God that defines righteousness. It defines righteousness, and those that hunger and thirst for it, are going to be filled. They are going to be filled in a way that is filled to the brim, as far as what Christ was talking about. In Isaiah 51:1, it says:

"[Listen] to me [notice what it says; listen to me, hearken to me], ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the [Eternal]: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn..." (Isaiah 51:1)

It is saying; Listen, listen to this Word that then defines righteousness. You that seek, hungering and thirsting for righteousness, listen to what I've got to say." Isaiah 51:4:

"[Listen] unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people [it will give a light so you can see where you are walking, what step to take, what direction and way in which to go]. My righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth, and mine arms shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they trust. Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished. [Listen] unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings. For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation from generation to generation." (Isaiah 51:4-8)

Hungering and thirsting after righteousness. Listening to the Word of God as students, being teachable. The meek shall inherit the earth, and this therefore causes them to be filled. Filled to the full with the Law of God, administered after the spirit and not the letter, being magnified and filled to the maximum. Isaiah 51:11:

"Therefore the redeemed of the [Eternal] shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away." (Isaiah 51:11)

It says in Isaiah 51:16:

"And I have put my words in thy mouth [the words are Spirit and they are life, as it says over in John 6:33], and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand [allowed us to take that sacrifice of Christ is one area that we can look at and say that He has covered us with the shadow of His hand], that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people." (Isaiah 51:11,16)

Certainly being filled. Over a couple of pages to Isaiah 55:1 it says:

"Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? [listen] diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness [it's listening, it is the Word of God, hungering for righteousness; it means hungering for the Word of God, the correct expression of God]. Incline your ear [again for the Word of God], and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live [again, the analogy regarding hungering for righteousness, you eat food to live, to get energy to survive]; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David." (Isaiah 55:1-3)

Notice, this everlasting, this New Covenant, this New Agreement, that the Word of God – it's not just some dry, dusty word as the Pharisee administers it, at all. If your righteousness doesn't exceed that, we won't even be there. We actually take that word and it lives the same way as it lived within Christ when He was on earth. We have the same approach, the same mental attitude; the same mindset that was there. It says in Isaiah 55:7:

"Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the [Eternal], and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon [we are indeed being fillled; verse 11]. So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace [in other words, they came to Christ, and Christ sat down and taught them, these disciples, these students giving them these Beatitudes; and the result of that word]: ...ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the [Eternal] for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off." (Isaiah 55:7,11-13)

So, the result will go on into eternity; will go into the very Millennial rule.