The Second and Third Beatitudes

[Of Special Interest to Youth]

Our setting is on a mountainside, and the great Teacher continues, "Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted."

Probably no word in the Bible has greater significance than the word "comfort." The meaning of the name "Noah" is "comforter," or, as found in other ancient literature, "God's comforter." Isaiah sang, when his people were in bondage in Babylon and he foresaw their deliverance (Isaiah 40: 1, 2): "Comfort ye, comfort ye my people. ... Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem." Our dear Master, after bringing the greatest comfort and healing this world has ever known, added the promise (John 14:16), "He shall give you another Comforter." Therefore we see that back into a time almost before recorded history, all through our Biblical story, forward through the ages, extends the idea of the comforter.

The Invincibility of United Effort
May 1, 1943

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