(SERMON BY ANDREW ALLISON)
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matthew 5.8
This verse haunts me.
These two phrases:
“Pure in heart” – I think about all my stupid thoughts, what I’ve watched…etc.
“They will see God” – to trust that I can love Him even before I actually see Him.
I’d like to see God. I think I’m homesick.
“They shall see God.”
Adam and Eve walked with God – they talked face to face with God. I wonder what they talked about? Did they thank God for the way their thumbs work, for kangaroo pouches and for sex? Did God respond with comforting words like, “I hope you never forget how much I love you. I will do anything to stay near. I’ll always come for you.”
Then everything blew up – Adam and Eve were removed from God’s presence. No more eye contact . . . and ever since, we’ve been homesick. We’re wired to see God but for now, it’s out of our reach.
Many people in the Bible cried out for God – “I want to see you.” Look at Moses’ story. His people were brought out of Israel and establishing new habits. Moses was on the mountaintop receiving the 10 Commandments and writing it all down. Meanwhile, the people down there were busy making a golden calf. (Exodus 32.4) Moses lost it, eventually met with God ( The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend Exodus 33.11) and cried out, “Now show me your glory.” (Exodus 33.18) God responded, ” You can’t see me or you’ll die. But I can cover your eyes. I’ll walk past and you’ll see my back but my face must not be seen.” (Exodus 33. 21-23)
We’re wired for eye contact.
Kids want their parents to put their phones down. They want to be seen.
Sex – we’re designed for face to face intimacy.
Dogs – waiting at the door to greet you when you get home.
Interesting that in Roman Catholic confessionals and in psychiatrists’ offices with couches, people are spared the pain of eye contact.
The promise of God? – They will see God.
“Pure of heart”
God gives me a clean heart. 100%. Not 95%. Clean. 100%.
The heart is the centre of action for human desires and thoughts. Our hearts get gummed up by sin and consequently, we live anxious, selfish, arrogant lives against God.
Psalm 51 – Create in me a clean heart. David knew that God had to do this because he couldn’t do it on his own. If you think you’re disqualified from God’s love and forgiveness, take a look at what was happening in David’s life before he wrote these words! Lust. Dishonour. Deception. Selfishness. Betrayal. Trickery.
But God saw it all. The only hope that David had was found in the One who could make his heart clean.
People are free because of God’s freedom – something you can’t do on your own.
Do you want this? Are you tired of a corrupt heart?
Say “yes” to God’s invitation. We are loved by an inviting God.
Something in us cries out, “Sounds like home. That’s where I want to be.”
and “they will see God.”