hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they
will be filled” (Matt 5:6
The term “filled” isbetter rendered “satisfied” (ESV) and refers to the soul’s inward satisfaction.
Jesus is saying that the truly satisfied soul is one which craves righteousness as the bodynaturally craves food and water to sustain natural life. In other words, a follower of Jesus isblessed with an inner supernatural craving to satisfy the desires of the soul.The soul thus awakened toward God does not need to be taught to crave after righteousness,but is intuitively prompted to do so. The Christian craves righteousness because his/her eyeshave been opened to the Savior who alone is the Righteous One (1 John 2:1) and in whom weare entirely satisfied and every craving to please God ceases. This brings to mind the often-
mentioned quote of John Piper: God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.”
Thus, Jesus is the end (goal) of the Mosaic Law according to the apostle Paul (Rom 10:1-4). Hedid not come to abolish the scriptures known to the Jews, but to fulfill its precepts andpromises (Matt 5:17-20). In Christ, a righteousness exceeding the standard of fulfillmentrequired by the former Law and modeled by its leading practitioners (e.g. the Pharisees) isdiscovered (Matt 5:20).From this we learn that within mankind is an impulse for God. Once awakened, the soul cannotrest until it rests in God. Augustine of Hippo (354-430 AD), one of the early church Fathersdeclared of his own longing:
“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and o
ur heart is restlessuntil it finds its rest in thee
As creatures of the living God, we are made by him and for him and will never be satisfiedunless we are rightly related to him and live in a meaningful relationship with him. Truly, thisworld offers much in material possessions and the personal realization of comforts, status, andachievement which dull
the edge of the soul’s craving for God.
Jesus told a parable of such a man (Luke 12:16-21).2.
Jesus also warned of the high cost assoc
iated with living one’s life in terms of this world
only (Matt 16:26).3.
Instead, Jesus taught to place the kingdom of God and his righteousness as first inordering our priorities for daily living (Matt 6:33).4.
James refers to this kind of living as presumptuous, reckless, and foolish (Jas 4:13-17).5.
James seems to imply that knowledge of the good is possessed by those who willfullyreject its intuitive craving for God and his righteousness (Jas 4:17).