And God Said

Recently I’ve been thinking about this fragment, this rejoinder, that was first introduced to us in Genesis Chapter One. For in these three words, we find a simple yet powerful force, for this is how God enters into the scene. Regardless of the history, the confounding factors, the indicators, and predictors, whenever and as soon as we hear God speak, we know have a reason to expect great things. A reason to have faith

Genesis 1:1-3
[1]In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
[2]And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
[3]And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

Our personal lives as believers, actually ought to be and also to bear witness to this reality of how that the word of God to us (and by implications our obedience to it) remains the consistent differentiator. The Holy Scripture is littered from start to finish with this, such that it’s one of the peculiarities that immediately impress themselves upon even upon a casual observance of the narratives of the scriptures.

We find this also illustrated with our friend former blind Bartimeus. I say former, because last I checked, the man could see. I particularly want to draw our attention to the events of that fateful day.

Mark 10:46-50
[46]And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.
[47]And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
[48]And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
[49]And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.
[50]And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.

The Crowd, being all pious, serious, and sanctimonious felt that this man who had heard the most important information of his lifetime, namely that Jesus was passing by did what any reasonable person would do which is to begin and continue to cry out till he was heard. And Jesus heard. However, we see the crowd reacting, charging him to keep quiet, I can in my mind picture some of them, trying to cover his mouth or something like that. But none of them mattered. For, if a man is desperate enough, he is difficult to stop.

Here is the point of interest in verse 49, Jesus called for him. The message as conveyed by the crowd, the same people that tried to shut him up to no avail, said: Be of good comfort (or Cry no more, or Rejoice or your morning has come), rise; He called thee.

Mark 10:49-50
[49]And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee.
[50]And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.

We know how the story proceeds from this point on. For so many years, we didn’t know blind Bartimeus, yet the day his word came, his life changed. His whole reality changed. Such is the power and the possibility entrapped in…and God said.

It’s perhaps good at this time, to call upon the Lord and wait for His word. Shall we pray.

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