It amazing what the Lord will show you if you’ll ask Him. Once, I was reading the Old
Testament and I found the verse that said that you’re not supposed to boil a kid goat in his mother’s milk when you’re cooking him.
Later, in another Old Testament book I found the same scripture. I figure that space in the Bible must be at a premium and if it’s there twice, God must want to teach us something, but what? So, I prayed, “Lord, will You show me what that means?”
A few days later I received an unsolicited Bible devotional brochure. They gave you the first part, hoping you would buy the rest. Sure enough, the kid verses were commented on.
According to them, it was an idolatrous practice, current at the time that God didn’t want His people involved in.
(Maybe it was also a reminder that, though God has given us these animals for food, we shouldn’t be callous. Cooking a little one in his mother’s milk seems a bit cruel. Could we say that we should respect the things we eat?)
Anyway, I had another of those, “What is this about thoughts the other morning as I was reading Psalms 146:8. “The Lord gives sight to the blind …” Wait up a minute. I can’t remember any occasion under the Old Covenant when blind people were healed. In Jesus’ ministry there were a ton of physical healings but few before He came.
Were there a lot of unrecorded healings in the Old Testament? What in the world was this verse, written many years before the coming of the Lord Jesus, talking about?
Once again I prayed, “Lord?”
Flash forward from the time of the Psalms verse to a ruckus in one of the Jerusalem synagogues. Jesus had healed a man blind from and the local bigwigs were mad because He did it on the Sabbath. He couldn’t be from God, according to them.
“The Lord gives sight to the blind …” the Psalm had said.
The healed man shot back at his interrogators, “Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.” (Joh 9:32, 33)
God gave this prophetic Psalm to mark the One who came from Him.
Jesus is the Lord. And He does everything that Psalms 148:6-10 prophetically promise He did.
“Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:
Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever:
Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The LORD looseth the prisoners:
The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous:
The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.
The LORD shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the LORD. ” (Psalms 146)
“Our prayer and God’s mercy are like two buckets in a well; while the one ascends the other descends.” Mark Hopkins