Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you. –(Matthew 7:7, King James)
Being married to a preacher for 21 years has allowed me to hear biblical teaching and perspectives that I didn’t particularly ask for. My husband, Sean, has always been very wise and meticulous when it comes to studying scripture. He has been known to have stacks of books (Bibles, concordances, dictionaries, and commentaries) opened to study, analyze and compare scriptures. I, on the other hand, have not always been that thorough. I took scripture at face, and that was good enough for me.
But not Sean. I can recall many of our conversations which ended with me annoyed and frustrated. I would just want to talk about the joy of the Lord being my strength. He would reply, “Context, context, context, Yvette. Everything in context!” Ugh! I’d walk away completely convinced that my husband was the true definition of a “party pooper.”
But his questions challenged me. They taught me to take time to really understand what is being said in scriptures. More importantly, they taught me not to rely on my own understanding. “
Don’t just say it because it sounds good, Yvette. Learn God’s word and how it applies to your life. Study it!” he’d say.
So, when faced with writing this post on recovery, this question stopped me dead in my tracks: “Does the Bible even mention recovery, and if so, where, how, and in what context?” My intent was to just research the word and find a scripture that would guide my writing for this post, but when I finished my study, the research became my post.
What follows is my process for understanding. I am not a theologian or Sean Hawkins, but I possess the same Holy Spirit who guides us all to truth, so here goes.
To begin, I did a Bible word search, and to my surprise, the word recovery does not appear in early translations of the Bible; however, some early translations do give some inference to recovery, and newer translations have replaced words used for healing, restoration and regaining with recover and recovery.
Next, I needed to review the common definition of recovery. Recovery in its original context (Latin) means to “get again” or restore-regain. Okay, so let’s test this. If I say I am in “recovery” from alcoholism, I am saying that I am in the process of “getting again” my sobriety.
“Thanks, Yvette, for the etymology lesson, but we already know that. Now, what does this mean spiritually?”
Let’s dive in.
Jesus said in Luke 4:18, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering sight to the blind…” Or, “get again” the sight to the blind. This is the only time the word recover[ing] appears in older translations. But we have to go deeper.
“When did they have sight?” would be Sean’s next question. “Uhhh,” would normally be my response. But I have learned otherwise since then.
Not all who were blind in AD 28 (estimated date of Jesus’ ministry) were made blind by some accident or sin. Some were born blind (John 9:2). What about those people? What is Jesus coming to “get again” for those individuals that never had sight to begin with?
The blindness that Jesus is speaking of in this scripture is “spiritual blindness” and not physical blindness. Jesus was saying He was anointed to “get again” or recover to those who believed in Him the ability to see the things of God since this ability was taken away from mankind in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve sinned.
In the Bible, those who are not saved through Jesus Christ are called “blind” because they are unable to know, see and understand the things of the spirit (“Support it, Yvette!” Sean would say): “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18).
Loves, there is no better definition of recovery in the Bible than what was done on the cross by Jesus Christ when He died for us. His dying and resurrection allowed us to recover-(get again) sight into the spiritual realm-the heavenly places-keys to the kingdom (Matthew 16:19). Hallelujah! Praise God!
There is your peace. It is found in the revelation that God loves us enough not to leave us in darkness, for He sent Jesus Christ to recover our sight. What a wonderful picture of His love. It’s not enough for us to live with Him in eternity. He wants a relationship with us now, while we are still living here, and He starts that relationship by removing the scales from our eyes to restore our sight, which puts us back in our original position with Him. Because of this we don’t have to be blind to God’s truths. We can know Him deeper. If we dare to ask who, what, when, where, and how of scriptures, we have the necessary eyewear to see the answers-the hidden things of this world (Daniel 2:22), the traps of the enemy (Psalms 141:9), deception (Galatians 6:7), and lies (John 8:44).
Sean has said this for years but instead of recovery he uses the word saved. We are recovered from the penalty of sin. We are being recovered (recovering) from the effects of sin and will be fully recovered to God in eternity. Now, that’s good news, y’all!
Come back Friday and we’ll continue our discussion on recovery with my post called “Spiritual Resistance.”
I pray you have a blessed and productive week, and I encourage you not to be satisfied with just reading God’s word. Dare to ask questions and study it.