THE KINDNESS OF THE LORD
Luke 7:21 At that very time He cured many people of diseases and afflictions and evil spirits; and He gave sight to many who were blind.
Studying the original language of the Bible can be like a great treasure hunt. Digging into the subtle meanings can often be quite rewarding. Often times, we cannot get the sense of the meaning of the original text because of the clumsiness involved in translating languages. Today, it is easy for anyone to study the Bible in the original language because of all of the excellent computer programs available. One of these interesting words is the greek word charizomai. It is closely related to the word grace but also has a connection to gifts, forgiveness, and kindness. In today’s verse it is the word ‘gave’ and it describes the kindness or graciousness of The Lord displayed in His healing of the blind in His service that day. Adam Clarke points out the graciousness of The Lord seen in His healing touch.
“Unto many that were blind he gave light. Rather, he kindly gave
sight; or, he graciously gave sight. This is
the proper meaning of the original words. In all his miracles,
Jesus showed the tenderest mercy and kindness: not only the cure,
but the manner in which he performed it, endeared him to those who
were objects of his compassionate regards.”
Gill points out the grace of God involved in this act of kindness, there was nothing deserving found in the recipient, The Lord healed to display His grace.
“freely, as an act of grace and kindness, as the word signifies, without any merit, or motive, in them.”
Vincent points out another interesting shade of meaning in this powerful Bible word. He says it not only includes God’s kindness and His grace, but it also is packed with the joy of The Lord.
“He gave (ἐχαρίσατο). More is expressed by this verb than simple giving. He gave as a free, gracious, joy-giving gift.”
So let’s review the wealth involved in this amazing word charizomai translated gave in our verse. It describes the incredible kindness of our Lord. That is one of the first characteristics that struck me about Jesus when I first came to Him. Kindness is seen in His words, His actions, and His mission. He is the personification of the kindness of our God.
Secondly we catch a glimpse of His grace in this beautiful word. The unmerited favor and influence of The Lord upon our hearts. The grace of God is what won us in the first place. As my wife Parris often says, “He had me at hello”.
Finally, we are surprised by the joy that is involved with the simple touch of God. We are not only happy because of the miracle we have received (such as the blind receiving their sight in today’s verse), we are astounded by the joy that results from contact with The Lord. If Jesus personifies His kindness and His grace, the Holy Spirit personifies His love and His joy. It doesn’t take much, one touch can change everything.