Section 8: Anointed Assignment, Article 3

Anointed to
Bind Up Broken Hearts

“The Spirit of Yehuveh Elohim is upon me;
because Yehuveh hath anointed me . . .
He hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, . . . .”
Isaiah 61:1.

n this instance the phrase, “to bind up,” comes from a Hebrew word, chabash, meaning “to wrap firmly (especially a turban, compress, or saddle); to stop, to rule” [Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary entry H2280, a primary root word].
       This is a graphic picture. Yehuveh has anointed and sent His servants to bind something as securely to human hearts as a saddle is bound to a horse. Anyone familiar with horsemanship knows that “saddling” an animal requires binding a saddle so securely about that animal’s body that it will not slip in all the movements and pressures of the animal or rider. This powerful illustration of “binding something about the heart so it cannot slip off” only begins to illustrate the work assigned to Yehuveh’s anointed ones.

Emotionally Broken Hearts
        The word
brokenhearted is from two joined Hebrew words which literally mean burst-heart. The use of these words offers intriguing insight. Consider how we commonly speak of being brokenhearted. We use, “break my heart,” to indicate

                           •  any experience which intensely disappoints us,
                           •  any event which strikes deep, painful emotions, and
                           •  any experience which so alters our future as to totally change our lives.

        When cherished human relations end, “it breaks our hearts.” When someone close to us dies, “our heart is broken.” When goals we have worked toward with earnest effort do not come to fulfillment, “we’re broken hearted about it.” This use of the word has much value for us in expressing our deepest emotional experiences, yet even in this use it does not come close to what is being addressed in this verse. All lighter applications aside, brokenheartedness has quite a different meaning.

Whole Hearts have Been Shattered
        Yehuveh desires
whole-hearted relationship with us. He love us “with an everlasting love” and wants us to love Him the same. His everlasting covenant is a marriage contract intended to draw us into the closest intimacy: “Thy Maker is thine husband; Yehuveh . . . is His name.” He appeals, “Hearken unto the voice of Yehuveh thy Elohim, to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this book of the law, . . . turn unto Yehuveh thy Elohim with all thine heart, and with all thy soul. . . . That thou mayest love Yehuveh thy Elohim, and that thou mayest obey His voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto Him: for He is thy life, and the length of thy days.” “Yehuveh thy Elohim hath commanded thee to do these statutes and judgments: thou shalt . . . keep and do them with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.” Isaiah 54:5; Jeremiah 31:3; Deuteronomy 30:10, 20; 26:16. 

Gael Bataman          
Originally Written:           20 August 2005
Latest Update:                10 January 2010

Complete Study Guide to Article 3   

What Breaks Hearts?        How are We to Bind Broken Hearts?       
Yehuveh’s Way to Solve Brokenheartedness       

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