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    The Lord Has Blessed Us With A Mongoloid Child

    July 12, 2016
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    In preparing for the message this past Sunday I came across this illustration from the life of the late Reverend Donald Grey Barnhouse. It pertains directly to the text we considered Sunday morning:

    Exodus 4:11 - "The LORD said to him, 'Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD?'" 

    John 9:1-3 - "As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, 'Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?' 'Neither this man nor his parents sinned,' said Jesus, 'but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.'" 

    "A good example of how God can be glorified in someone’s disability comes from the ministry of Donald Grey Barnhouse, the famous pastor of Philadelphia’s Tenth Presbyterian Church. Barnhouse had been conducting a week of services in another church, and there had been a good deal of banter about the host minister, whose wife was expecting their first child to be born at any moment. On the last night of services, when the minister failed to arrive, Barnhouse knew what had happened.
    What Barnhouse did not know, however, was that the child was born with Down’s syndrome. The minister was devastated. “Dr. Barnhouse,” he said, “our child is a mongoloid. I haven’t told my wife, and I don’t know what I’m going to tell her.”
    Barnhouse replied, “My friend, this is of the Lord,” and turning to the fourth chapter of Exodus, he read, “And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth, or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind … have not I the LORD?” The minister demanded to see the passage for himself, and as he studied it Barnhouse said, “My friend, you know the promise in Romans 8 that all things, including this mongoloid child, work together for good to those who love the Lord.”
    The minister returned to the hospital, where his wife was beginning to worry that something was wrong with the baby. He was able to say to her, “My precious darling, the Lord has blessed us with a mongoloid child.” After she was finished crying, she said, “Where did you get that?” and he proceeded to show her what the Scripture said. Later, when she called her mother to tell her the news, she said, “Mother, the Lord has blessed us with a mongoloid child. We don’t know the nature of the blessing, but we do know it’s a blessing.”On the following Sunday, when more than seventy nurses from the hospital attended that man’s church, thirty of them came to faith in Christ!" - Ryken, P. G., & Hughes, R. K. (2005). Exodus: saved for God’s glory (pp. 117–118). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

    What a mighty God we serve! Let us glorify him not just with our strengths but with our disabilities! 

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