Preparing for Worship: March 2, 2014
As I was reflecting on the sermon text for this week (Luke 18:35-43, the story of the blind beggar), I was reminded of the many places in the Old Testament where God says that he will accomplish his justice/righteousness in Jerusalem by “restoring sight to the blind.” Most of these references are metaphorical, but that only emphasizes Jesus’ amazing power to heal both the spiritually blind and the physically blind:
Psalm 146:8—the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.
Isaiah 35:3-5—Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.” Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
Isaiah 42:5-9— Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it: “I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols. Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.”
These are just three of such references, and there are many more. May we be like those who in Luke 18 “gave praise to God” after witnessing these events. For all who come to Jesus are healed from spiritual blindness and deafness. They are given “eyes to see” and “ears to hear.”
Songs that we will sing this week include the following, provided in a playlist here:
- Come Praise and Glorify
- You Are Worthy
- Jesus is Better
- O Great God
Pastor for Worship