Blessed are the Pure in Heart

Beatitude No. 6 is in v. 8. “8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” The word, “pure” (Gk. katharos), literally, means, “free from dirt.” Morally, it means, “free from wrong; free from adulteration” (Friberg); moral cleanness. (Gingrich) To be pure is to be uncontaminated, untainted, and unpolluted. Purity refers to clean water, hand sanitizer, or white cloth.

We just heard the most shocking news of the worst corruption scheme in the history of the Philippines—PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund). PDAF is the name of the government fund that is supposed to be used for city and countryside livelihood projects. But the word is out that some senators and congressmen have funneled 10 Billion Pesos of their PDAF to bogus NGOs. That is one more proof that politics and politicians are dirty. To be pure then, means, “No PDAF.”

The OT background is Ps. 24:3-5,

Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.

He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

Jesus’ words correspond with David’s words. Jesus said that the pure in heart are blessed. David said also that the pure in heart shall receive blessing. Jesus said that they shall see God. David said that they shall stand before a holy God.

Who are the pure in heart in Ps. 24? The pure in heart is one who has clean hands. In Hebraic thought, the hand symbolizes actions. The heart symbolizes thoughts. The pure in heart is he whose thoughts and actions are pure.

Now in Ps. 24:4, there is step parallelism in Hebrew. The second line explains the first line. The first line talks about the pure in heart positively. The second line explains the pure in heart negatively in two ways. One, the pure in heart does not give himself to falsehood. Two, the pure in heart also does not speak deceitfully.

Have you noticed how pure in heart are little children? My daughter was struggling about her manang Neneng. Her manang Neneng will be going home to be with her husband. She did not want her to go. But she also understood that she had to go. She said one day, “Daddy, I don’t want my manang Neneng to go away from me. But I also want her to be with her husband.” That is purity of heart.

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