Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
None So Blind
Psalms 82:1-8 Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.(Matthew 25:40)
Singer Ray Stevens is generally given credit for writing the phrase “There is none so blind as he who will not see,” a line from the song “Everything Is Beautiful.” But preacher Matthew Henry used the phrase 250 years ago when commenting on the lyrics of another songwriter, Asaph.
Asaph’s lyrics were not as upbeat as those of Stevens. His song was a rebuke to the Israelites for failing to fulfill their God-given purpose. God had chosen them to show the world how to live right and judge justly, but they were failing miserably. Instead of defending the weak and fatherless, they were defending the unjust and showing partiality to the wicked (Ps. 82:2-3).
In his commentary on Psalm 82, Henry wrote: “A gift in secret blinds their eyes. They know not because they will not understand. None so blind as those that will not see. They have baffled their own consciences, and so they walk on in darkness.”
Jesus confirmed God’s interest in the weak and helpless. He explained that whatever is done for the “least of these” is done for Him (see Matt. 25:34-40). And He chided His disciples for keeping children away from Him (Luke 18:16).
Those who have eyes that see what God sees find ways to help the helpless.
PRAYER Dear Lord, help me to help everyone especially the needy for no return.Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY A test of true Christian love: Do you help those who can’t help you in return? Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
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