Thursday, February 12, 2009

Luke 6:22

“Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man.” (NASB)


“Blessed (makarios: happy) are you when men hate (miseo: detest) you, and ostracize (aphorize: separate, divide, to exclude as disreputable, sever) you, and insult (oneidizo: reproach, revile) you, and scorn (ekballo: cast out, pull out, drive out with notion of violence, expel, banish, leave out) your name as evil (poneros: wicked, causing pain and trouble), for the sake (heneka or heneken: on account of, cause) of the Son of Man.”


Happy and blessed are you when men detest you, and exclude you as disreputable, and revile you, and drive you away as one who is causing pain and trouble, on the account of the Son of Man.


It’s important to know the context of this verse as it is not encouraging us to go out and look for trouble. It is however saying, for those who are being scorned and hated for the sake of Christ, that they should consider it as joy. How contradicting this is to what is often told to us, even from pulpits and many other Christian avenues. We are to be foreigners and aliens of this carnal world! I just can’t understand how such a beautifully offensive Gospel that demands you forsake everything could ever be deemed as “relevant”. It is it’s irrelevance that calls all men out of their fleshly desires and sets them free. It is it’s irrelevance that will be clearly seen as different! So today, may we all strive to lay aside pleasing men and seeking worldly recognition. When ostracizing, scorn and insults come, may we rejoice, for the Son, Jesus The Christ, has called us blessed!

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