153: Psalms 147:3


COPYRIGHT WARNING

365 Prophecies: Prophecy 153

The work of the Messiah is to heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds.

Old Testament Prediction:

Psalms 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.

New Testament Fulfillment:

Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed;

Application:

There are only three places in the Bible where the word brokenhearted appears.

1. Psalm 147:3, the subject of this 153rd Old Testament prophecy.
2. Isaiah 61:1, the work of the Messiah described.
3. Luke 4:18, where Jesus claims that He is the Messiah and the subject of Isaiah’s prophecy in chapter 61.

Psalms 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.

Isaiah 61:1 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed;

It is certain that the intent of the Holy Spirit is to direct us from Psalm 147:3 to Jesus words in Luke 4:18, where He claims that He is the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy concerning the coming of the Messiah.

All of us have had our hearts broken, perhaps on more than one occasion. Despite friends and family who love us, no one can really understand just how we feel when our whole world collapses around us, and we are in great despair. The work of the Messiah, is not only to die for our sins and make our eternal redemption possible, He came to bind up our broken hearts. Jesus understands how you feel when you are in a terrible time of torment and anguish. He experienced all of the same emotions that we feel during our moments of distress. Therefore, Jesus is able to come to our aide when these moments are upon us. He offers comfort, guidance, and the assurance that no matter how painful the trial might be, He will be with us through it all—to the very end. Jesus said that because He has overcome the world, those who trust in Him, will also overcome.

John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

When we examine Jesus, we see a very loving and compassionate man. He cared deeply for people and for their lives. Jesus grieved as He observed the hardness of people’s hearts and their unwillingness to come to Him so that He could bestow all the blessings that God had planned for them. Jesus came to Jerusalem as the Messiah, in fulfillment of every Old Testament prophecy. Despite the massive amount of evidence to believe, the leaders of Israel, and the majority of the common people of Jerusalem, did not receive Him. This broke the heart of the Lord as He approached Jerusalem, just prior to His crucifixion. He wanted so much to give the wonderful blessings that God had prepared for their city and their nation, but they were unwilling.

Luke 19:41-44 Now as Jesus drew near Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it

When Jesus saw what sin and death has done to the world, it deeply grieved Him. As the Lord came to the house of His friend Lazarus who had died, He felt the anguish and suffering of Mary and Martha who also had their hearts broken over the loss of their brother.

John 11:32-35 Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. 34 And He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus wept. 36 Then the Jews said, “See how He loved him!”

When multitudes of people stood before Jesus—so needy, and lacking in all of the blessings that God had designed for their life, He felt a deep sense of compassion.

Matthew 15:32 Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”

This 153rd prophecy from Psalm 147:3, predicts that the Messiah will come to earth and heal the brokenhearted. He will exhibit great love and compassion for the lost, the hurting, and the needy. When we compare this prophecy with the person of Jesus Christ, they are virtually identical. Everything that we hope that God will be; loving, kind, forgiving, merciful, and generous, we find in Jesus. The four gospels are a testimony of the true character of Jesus. When we examine his actions and the manner in which He spoke to people, it is certain that He is the Savior who David described in the Psalms. God has kept His promise to send us a Messiah who will come and heal our broken hearts and restore us to Goddess.


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