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Setting Things Right // Living Righteously

In Matthew 5, Jesus has just begun what will go down in history as His most popular sermon – from a mountaintop – the same way God delivered His message to the Israelites in Exodus 19. He begins teaching about how things work in this new kingdom He is ushering in. Most of it is inverted, like it doesn’t make sense in the way we are typically taught to view the world – it’s like the teachings of Jesus are upside down. And He is laying out promises and gifts for those that choose to live within the truths of this new kingdom. A few sentences in, He makes this statement: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled”. There are a few very interesting things in this statement, not the least of which is His use of “hunger and thirst” to describe what our relationship to righteousness should be. Hunger and thirst? Those are 2 of the most primal functions of our body -- food and drink sustain us. They provide our bodies with the fuel we need to continue …