Friday, November 09, 2007

The Blind See

29And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him.
30And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David.
31And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David.
32And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you?
33They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened.
34So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.

Matthew 20:29-34, King James Version

When I read the passage recorded above, I thought of the words of Solomon when he said, There is no new thing under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9) In this passage we read of two blind men who, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out to Him, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David. The people standing nearby chided them, telling them to be quiet.

Just like in our day, these blind men were of no account to those around them; they were not rich or powerful so they didn't deserve the attention of Jesus. As is so often shown in the Gospels, Jesus did not have such a prejudice. He shows us through His own humble birth, that money or power does not make a person worth more.

How did He respond to the blind men? And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you? They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.

Jesus responded to their simple cry of faith just as He still responds to our simple cry of faith today. We have a Savior who was tempted just as we are, yet He never sinned. He understands the power of temptation, and is ready to heal our sins when we cry out to Him in faith.

What an amazing God we have; He never slumbers or sleeps, but is always their beside us, helping and encouraging us to live faithfully for Him. Because of Christ it is still true in our day that the Blind see.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

God Bless You,
Linda

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