Splagchnizomai: Exposing the Heart of Jesus
Updated: Aug 22, 2019
June 27, 2017 | Teresa Kelton
Splagchnizomai. Splagchnizomai is a Greek word meaning “to be moved with a compassion that originates from the bowels or from the innermost parts of your being.” Did you know that Splagchnizomai is documented in the New Testament at least 12 times as the contributing factor to the miracles that Jesus performed?
Mark 9:22 tells us of a man who is distraught over his son. There is a demon who throws his son into the fire and into the water to try to destroy him. He says, “Can you do anything to help us? Can you have compassion on us?” Yes, his faith was little but he knew what moved the hand of the Lord.... He cares. He deeply cares from the innermost part of His being - splagchnizomai. The Lord cast the demon out of the man's son.
Most of us don't have children literally thrown into the fire by demons but how many of us ache inside because we want our children to come out of darkness and into the light? As our heart hurts to see our family set free, Jesus is still moved with compassion and He will move on our behalf for the souls of our family as we cry out to Him.
The bible tells us that it was because Jesus was “moved with compassion” (splagchnizomai) that he healed the sick and He healed a leper in need of cleansing. It was when the blind men cried out with all of their heart – “Jesus, son of David, Have mercy on us!” that He was moved with compassion for their situation and made them to be able to see.
Are you anguished because the Lord hasn't taken away your infirmity? Don't give up – we have a high priest that can identify with our sufferings and He will move on your behalf. He is always near to those of a broken heart and a contrite spirit. He genuinely cares and has compassion on you.
In Luke 7:13 the Lord is moved with compassion again as he sees a funeral procession. It is the funeral of the only son of a widowed woman and as He feels the pain of her loss in the depth of His soul – He tells her, “Weep Not” and then He proceeds to tell the young man to “Arise” and brings him back from the dead.
I was raised as an only child and a “daddy's girl” and it was a huge shock when my dad was diagnosed with stage IV cancer in 2008. My dad had never been a Christian and he accepted the Lord right before he passed away. Right before my dad's death the Lord told me in a dream that He would give me spiritual “pain pills” so that I would not feel the full impact and pain of that loss. I went through several weeks of feeling very disconnected – as though I were really on some sort of drug that was somehow softening the blow of that huge loss in my life. He was “moved with compassion” because of His love for me and I am forever grateful for that.
Mark 8 shows us that the Lord also has deep heartfelt compassion over our needs for provision. This scripture tells of the time that the multitudes had followed the Lord for three days into the wilderness with no food. The Lord knew if He sent them away they would faint along the way. His compassion for them prompted Him to do miracles to provide for them on two different occasions. Do you have a need for provision in your life? The Savior who loved you enough to purchase you with His own blood will not leave you without help. You belong to Him and He promises to provide for all of your needs according to His riches in glory because He is moved with compassion as He sees your need.
Matthew 9:36 tells us that Jesus was moved with compassion on the multitudes because they were weary and scattered like sheep who didn't have a shepherd. He said the harvest is truly plentiful but He was moved with compassion because the workers were so few. Because of this, He gave His disciples power over unclean spirits and He gave them the ability to heal the sick. He also said to His disciples pray for the Lord to send out workers into the harvest. Do you want the Lord to use you in His harvest? As we are moved with compassion over the needs of His children and the lost – He will empower us by His Spirit to work in harvest.
We all know the story of the prodigal son – It is the story of the wayward son who squandered his inheritance and didn't regard the love of his father. He finds himself eating with the pigs and he finally comes to his senses and says to himself – I will return to my father's house. The Lord Himself gave us the best picture of the Father's love when He chose to use the word splagchnizomai to describe how the Father feels when one of His lost sheep come home. He is moved with compassion! And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
Does He chastise or punish his son for his wrong decisions? No, He is moved with compassion because He knew that His son was never created to eat with the pigs but he was created to live in His fathers house! That is what motivates Him to say – Bring the best robe and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: Tell everyone you know... Bring the fatted calf! He is overcome with compassion and will do whatever it takes to let that prodigal know they are welcome home. They were missed and they are loved! The heart of Father God is so moved with compassion over the lost sinner that returns to Him that even the angels rejoice! Yes, Jesus chose the word splagchnizomai to reveal the Father's heart to us!
Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
We may never be able to remember that Greek word “splagchnizomai” - but we will always remember that it is the compassion and love of Christ that emanates from the inner most part of His being that leads him not only to do miracles on our behalf but it was what led Him to the cross to die for us that we can have everlasting life!
Teresa Kelton is the editor of Daughters of Zion. She has been involved in various ministries over 15 years. She is a prophetic teacher and enjoys dream interpretation.
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