Matthew 5:45

I used to read, write, and (somewhat) speak Greek and Hebrew.  In college, I majored in Biblical Studies (the actual title of my major), minored in History, and consequently decided to study these “ancient languages” to further understand their original context and content.  (I note this only for background information; the fact is not germane to this post.)

Matthew 5:45 is a New Testament Bible verse that generally refers to rain falling equally on the just and the unjust.  (I type “generally” because the actual translation is more convoluted.)

While I am not one to trumpet Bible verses, I believe that “life is not fair” and think Matthew 5:45 refers to this–at least in part.

What I find important about this concept beyond “life is not fair” is this:  When one’s life is properly aligned (or lived well/justly/correctly [or insert your own term here]), a “standard” life event is perceived as good.  When one’s life is not properly aligned (or lived “incorrectly”), a “standard” event is perceived as just another event or even one to be frowned upon.

Ergo, the same rain variably affects the recipient based on his or her attitude and/or disposition.

All told:  I have considered recently that bad events occurring to good people are just part of life but that:

  • How one responds to them makes some bit of difference;
  • How one responds is controllable, and;
  • That perhaps the response makes the difference between good and bad rain–so to speak.

That is all.



One Comment on “Matthew 5:45”

  1. Uncle Rog says:

    Yes, how one responds to adversity does make a difference…Take your GGF Albert for example. When the rains came to replenish the thirsty soils back when he was farming and the neighbors would give him a dig about they receiving an inch and the God-fearing Sahs family farm only a tenth, Albert would respond in turn, “Well, it just goes to show that it rains on the unjust as well as the just…” Slam dunk!

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