Matthew 20:29-34: Jesus Heals the Blind
Posted by adventbiblestudy on June 18, 2012
Matthew 20:29-34 As Jesus and the disciples left the town of Jericho, a large crowd followed behind. (30) Two blind men were sitting beside the road. When they heard that Jesus was coming that way, they began shouting, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” (31) “Be quiet!” the crowd yelled at them. But they only shouted louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” (32) When Jesus heard them, he stopped and called, “What do you want me to do for you?” (33) “Lord,” they said, “we want to see!” (34) Jesus felt sorry for them and touched their eyes. Instantly they could see! Then they followed him.
Leaving Jericho filled Andrew’s mind with a series of thoughts. His mind focused on the stories about Joshua, how Israel crossed the flooded Jordan river. He wondered if there was any spiritual connection between the crossing of the Red Sea with Moses and the Jordan with Joshua. Andrew was beginning to look at scripture with a deeper spiritual sense. The first thing that came to mind was, they were leaving Egypt, the land of slavery, and about to enter into the promised land after forty years of wandering in the wilderness. Andrew began to feel his life was like wondering in a wilderness until he found Jesus. Rather, Jesus found him.
Andrew thought about how the walls of Jericho fell. God had given them explicate instructions, which they followed. God did all the work. There was little for them to do. The next city was the small town of Ai. Hardly a match for the Israelite army, whose confidence was riding high. So high, they forgot to pray. No wonder they met with disaster in what should have been a decisive victory.
Peter looked out over the plain of Jericho. It seemed he could see for miles. After they had traveled a short distance, he could see people headed their way from the three major roads converging just ahead of them. Looking behind, he could see a large crowd following. As they neared the junction in the road Peter noticed two beggars sitting on the side. The sun was hot, but it was still unusual to see only two beggars at such a major junction.
As they neared the intersection in the road, Peter could see these men were blind. At that moment he could hear shouts from the crowd behind them, “Jesus wait for us.” People were moving as fast as they could to catch up. Jesus stopped when He heard them. The blind men also heard the shouts, so they began shouting, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” Their voices rang out carrying clear across the open plain. The disciples looked at the crowd, then back over at the two blind men, now walking toward the sound, continuing to shout for Jesus. The disciples stood in the middle waiting to see what Jesus would do.
As the crowd drew near some of them shouted back at the two blind men, telling them to be quiet. Peter thought this was rather rude. He had forgotten, a few weeks ago he joined some of the other disciples in an attempt to keep a group of children from interrupting Jesus. That was when Jesus told them to, “Allow the little children to come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.” Would Jesus give the same consideration to a pair of blind men begging on the side of the road? The children were cute, and easy to fall in love with, but these old blind men dressed in rags appeared barely approachable.
The more the crowd tried to silence the blind men, the louder they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” The disciples could tell this was building to a climax. They knew Jesus was going to heal the blind men. Jesus stopped and called, “What do you want me to do for you?” The crowd coming from behind suddenly stopped, as if an unseen force halted them in their tracks. Everything became silent. All eyes and ears were fixed on Jesus. The blind men took advantage of the silence and spoke in a clear soft voice, “Lord,” they said, “we want to see!”
Andrew felt the Spirit come over him as be considered the words of the blind men, “we want to see!” He thought to himself, who are the blind men in this case? The two beggars with no eye sight, who are seeking Jesus, or those who are trying to keep them from Him? Andrew finally understood there are those who are physically blind, and those spiritually blind.
Jesus felt sorry for them and touched their eyes. Instantly they could see! Then they followed him.
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