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May 2, 2022

Daily Radio Bible - May 2nd, 22

Daily Radio Bible - May 2nd, 22

Day 122: He Stops; 2 Samuel 7; 1 Chronicles 17; Psalm 2; Matthew 20


Day 122: He Stops; 2 Samuel 7; 1 Chronicles 17; Psalm 2; Matthew 20

He sees us and stops for us. Jericho is known as the lowest city on the earth is also known in the Bible as a city where blind people receive their sight. In the New Testament, we see blind bartimaeus, as well as two unnamed people calling out to Jesus to receive site. Jericho becomes a kind of metaphor for us for when we can't see, and when we are at our lowest.  When we are experiencing our own private Jericho, thats when we are at our lowest, and cannot see our way out. 

When that happens, maybe we can do what these two blind people do, and cry out to God, for the Son of David, to have mercy on us. When we can't see and we are at our lowest, it's time to tell God what we want. We want mercy. We want to see we want to find a way out of this low point. This story reminds us that Jesus stopped to do those very things. He stops and he calls us and he asks us the question, What do you want? When we understand that God truly sees us, our understanding comes into focus, we come to see that God sees us when we are at our lowest and blindest, there he sees and stops for us. There We realize that we are loved. Knowing we are seen known and loved, enables us to do what these two did, they followed him. God’s love is a continuous and progressive revelation that will forever open our eyes more and more to know the God who is love. 

Our answer to his question is I want to see, I want to understand, he stops every day for the lowest and the least, and he makes them his own. In our old testament reading today, the story of David's desire to build God, a temple is repeated. The Holy Spirit uses repetition to remind us of what is true, both in the Old and the New Testament. David wants to build God's house for God says, I will build my house and I will build it with my son. And through him all the blind and the least and the lowest will be blessed. That would be you and me. When we're going through pain, struggle, and uncertainty, we often want to build something for God and reassert ourselves before God. That's not entirely a bad thing. But God doesn't need us to build him anything. Instead, he is offering to build us and establish our lives and futures in him. That's what he did for David. That's what he did for those two blind men in Jericho. That's what he wants to do for you and me even when we are at our blindest and Lois. That's the gospel that's worth repeating to ourselves not once, not twice, but every day. You open my eyes, you meet me at my lowest. You love people like me who are the least let your soul recollect this amazing truth. Remember and repeat it live in the house that God has built. Remember that each day as you hear the gospel. God opens the eyes of the blind and he lifts up those who are lowest