November 23

“Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep:” A Reminder that God is Mighty to Save

God sent His only son Jesus Christ to redeem the world from sin. We know that He is a selfless and loving savior, we continue to declare about it through prayers, testimonials, and songs. Speaking of such, here is a song that depicts Christ’s promise of being there for His children and never leaving them.

While the song “Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep” was originally a pre-American Civil War spiritual, it remains a favorite tune until the present times. That’s because of its profound message that still finds relevance in today’s situation. And we have to admit that as we continue to sing the song, it reminds us of Jesus’ enormous love and greatness.

“Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep:” Christ’s Mightiness as a Savior

Basically, the song, as its title suggests, tells the Biblical account of a distressed woman named Mary of Bethany. In particular, it narrates her appeal to the Lord to raise his brother Lazarus from death. Since nothing is impossible with Christ, He breathed life into Lazarus and made him rise again. The story clearly demonstrated the power of Jesus over the grave. This likewise mirrors God’s power when He brings the Lord back to life three days after His crucifixion.

But “Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep” presents a bigger picture of the mightiness of the Lord through another important story of deliverance. This narrative relates exactly to the historic flight of the Israelites from Egypt. After being held in bondage for years, the Israelites never lost hope and continued to hold on to God’s promise. That is – He’ll finish their battle one day. He miraculously parted the Red Sea waters allowing the Israelites to pass through. God used Moses to lead the Israelites out of bondage from Egypt going to Canaan. Ultimately, this action of God remarkably defined His character. And, the Israelites were extremely assured of His strength and will to save.

Many gospel singers and artists from other music genres have since recorded the song. One of its notable covers was that of Aretha Franklin’s.

Here’s another version from Bruce Springsteen.


Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen, Oh Mary Don't You Weep

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