• Blessed Are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness Article by Dan Doriani

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2017

    The first four beatitudes all describe the needs of a disciple. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness” is the last in the series (Matt. 5:3–6). Jesus first said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (v. 3). To be poor in spirit is to know one’s spiritual neediness and dependence on God (Ps. 34:6; Zeph. 3:12). This beatitude leads to the second. The poor in spirit mourn their poverty (Matt. 5:4). They mourn their own sin first, then mourn all sin. This is a blessed mourning, since God will comfort those … View Resource

  • The Wayside and the Rocks Article by Dan Doriani

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2009 | Matthew 13:3-9

    Matthew 13 begins with three words: “that same day.” They summon us to connect the parable of the sower to the controversy described in the previous passage. Troubles began when Jesus healed a man rendered blind and mute by demonic power. Jesus healed the man, so that many people wondered: “Can this be the Son of David?” (12:22). The Pharisees had another explanation. His power is undeniable, but He must be a sinner, for He works on the Sabbath and befriends sinners, which they considered sins. Since He is evil and powerful, the source of His power must be evil, … View Resource