Summary: Jesus was sent to bind up the broken hearted, so why so many brokenhearted people?
Isaiah 61:1-3The Spirit of the Lord GOD [is] upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to [them that are] bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
So why do we see some many who appear to be broken hearted
Hebrew (bind up) Chabash- to bind up, restrain
English dictionary Bind - bind v. bound (bound), bind·ing, binds
1. To tie or secure, as with a rope or cord.
2. To fasten or wrap by encircling, as with a belt or ribbon.
3. To bandage: bound up their wounds.
4. To hold or restrain with or as if with bonds.
5. To compel, obligate, or unite: bound by a deep sense of duty; bound by a common interest.
6. Law To place under legal obligation by contract or oath.
7. To make certain or irrevocable: bind the deal with a down payment.
8. To apprentice or indenture: was bound out as a servant.
9. To cause to cohere or stick together in a mass: Bind the dry ingredients with milk and eggs.
10. To enclose and fasten (a book or other printed material) between covers.
11. To furnish with an edge or border for protection, reinforcement, or ornamentation.
12. To constipate.
13. Chemistry To combine with, form a chemical bond with, or be taken up by, as an enzyme with its substrate.
1. To tie up or fasten something.
2. To stick or become stuck: applied a lubricant to keep the moving parts from binding.
3. To be uncomfortably tight or restricting, as clothes.
4. To become compact or solid; cohere.
5. To be compelling or unifying: the ties that bind.
6. Chemistry To combine chemically or form a chemical bond.
Hebrew (brokenhearted) Shabar - to break, break in pieces
1) break, break in or down, rend violently, wreck, crush, quench
2) to break, rupture (fig)
1) to be broken, be maimed, be crippled, be wrecked
2) to be broken, be crushed (fig)
c) (Piel) to shatter, break
d) (Hiphil) to cause to break out, bring to the birth
e) (Hophal) to be broken, be shattered
I believe I do that scripture no harm by saying
“He hath sent me to hold and bandage up the ones who have been broken, wrecked, shattered, maimed, crippled or crushed.”
You see I began to question God and say “God if you were sent to bind up the brokenhearted then why so much brokeness in our lives not only today, but even in the Word.
Look at David who in Acts 13:22 is said to be a man after God’s own heart, but in I Sam 30 He comes home to find his city has been burned and his wives and the wives of his men taken away. vs. 4 Then David and the people that [were] with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep. I think they were heart broken.
Job Ch 1 “that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. We see in just a few verses down lost all of his livestock, most of his servants, and his children in one day. vs. 20Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, I think he was heart broken.
Joseph in Gen 37 was betrayed by the people who should have loved him the most, his own family. I think he may have been heart broken.
Abraham asked to sacrifice his own son in Genesis 22. Do you think his heart ached over the thought of it? While he was building the fire and his son is saying we have the wood and fire but where is the sacrifice?
Mary whom the bible in Luke Chapter 1 was told she was favored by God, who now watches her first born being tormented beyond recognition. Do you think she was heart broken?
I believe there are two reasons why we see such many broken hearts today.
#1 - God is willing to hurt your feelings to save your soul.
I’m sure there was apart of Abraham that didn’t understand why God would make him wait so long for a son and then ask him to sacrifice him. But I believe I understand. When God found a man willing to give his son for God, God was then bound to give his son for man. I’m sure there was a part of Mary crying out in disbelief of what she was seeing as they nailed her baby to the cross. However, God understood that by taking one son, he would save trillions of sons to come. The only level we can even come close to understanding this on is with the discipline of our own children. We are willing to warm their backsides when they run in to a street to keep them from the pain of being ran over by a vehicle. You see a broken heart can be mended, but an unsaved soul is bound for hell. You see no parent what’s to hurt their child, but we are willing to hurt them in a way we know will heal, then to have them hurt in a way that leads to death. I don’t however want you to get the impression that all the heart ache in the world is caused by God, it isn’t. The majority of it is caused by our own disobedience. Ex. I’m heartbroken over the fact I have to go to jail, but I stole the car all the same. I’m heart broken over the bad relationship I have with my spouse, but I refuse to apologize. I’m heartbroken over the fact that I feel like God never answers any of my prayers, but I don’t go to church, I don’t read the word and the only time I pray is when I need something. Do you understand what I’m saying? It was our separation from God in the garden that allowed heartache to enter in, however the cure for our heartache also began in another Garden , Gethsemane. God never promised their wouldn’t be broken hearts, however, he did say he would hold them and bandage them up. Jesus was sent to do what?