To be honest, today got away from me. Today I meant to start studying our “root word – makarios – by looking at how it is used throughout the New Testament. Instead, today I will leave you with just a few thoughts, and we will launch into our study tomorrow.
Various forms of the Greek word, makarios, appear 50 times in the New Testament according to Strong’s Concordance. The first usage is one we can probably all identify:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. (Matthew 5:3-11)
But, did you catch what Elizabeth said when she spoke to her cousin Mary after her baby leapt in her womb?
Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her! (Luke 1:45)
And look at what Romans says about all of us who have been forgiven our sins:
Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. (Romans 4:7)
Then, there’s a promise in the book of Revelation:
Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. (Revelation 1:3)
When we explore the word makarios in the New Testament, we will uncover the situations in which it was used – as well as those in which it was not. We’ll see Paul use it as he describes his appearance before a king. The epistles will use it to show us how to live in the light of the salvation we have through Christ.