5797 bereavement, God’s comfort in
God cares for the bereaved, and can turn their mourning into joy and hope.
God comforts the bereaved and the sorrowful
Despair turned into hope 1Th 4:13-14 “Falling asleep” was a euphemistic way of talking about dying.
Fear turned into assurance Ps 23:4; Isa 25:8-9 In the OT, death was generally feared because it meant the loss of meaningful existence. However, like several references, this one looks beyond the grave and anticipates NT hope for all who trust in God; Ro 8:38-39 Paul’s conclusion after working through the implications of the gospel. See also Jn 11:25-26; 1Co 15:55-57; 2Co 5:6-8; Php 1:21-24; Rev 21:4
God’s care for widows and orphans
Jesus Christ cared for the bereaved
Caring for the bereaved