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Bend The Knee

John 9:24-41    2 Chronicles 7    Malachi 4

“So that those who do not see may see”  (John 9:39). There is a consistent message in today’s readings: God’s great desire is to forgive, heal, and give spiritual insight. And it is for this purpose that Jesus, the “light of the world” (John 9:5) and the “sun of righteousness” (Malachi 4:2), comes. Yet, as a result of his coming, some receive sight and others become blind. How shall we account for these opposite results? And, most importantly, what must we do to be among those who “see”? 

“If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves . . .” (2 Chronicles 7:14). Literally translated, the word “humble” means “bend the knee.” And in Malachi, those who “revere” God’s name (Malachi 4:2) are distinguished from the “arrogant” (v.1). And John reports that it is to the one who “believes” that sight and insight are given (John 9). So it is that those who say “We see” remain spiritually blind (v.41), while those who bend the knee — praying, seeking, and turning — receive forgiveness and healing (2 Chronicles 7:14). In other words, arrogance is the leading cause of spiritual blindness and humility opens the door to wholeness. Well.     

“You shall go leaping like calves from the stall” (Malachi 4:2). “You.” You, who? “You” who revere God’s name. “You” who believe. “You” who admit to being spiritually blind. That is, “you” who eschew arrogance and embrace humility, seeking God’s face, and turning from wicked ways. Do you want to see? Leap? Live? Would you receive all that God offers? Bend the knee.  

“But for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings.”
     — Malachi 4:2

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