November 2: Luke 18-19
31 And taking the twelve, he said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. 32 For he will be delivered over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon. 33 And after flogging him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise.” 34 But they understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.
35 As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36 And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant. 37 They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” 38 And he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39 And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40 And Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to him. And when he came near, he asked him, 41 “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me recover my sight.” 42 And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well.” 43 And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.
I find it especially interesting that the story of the blind beggar immediately follows verses 31-34 of Luke 18. In verses 31-34, we find that the disciples were "blind" as to the meaning of Christ's words when He foretold of His death and resurrection. Then, in verses 35-43 we have the account of the blind beggar being healed by the Lord Jesus. Are these two "events" related?
Are verses 31-34, shown above, difficult to comprehend? Christ speaks plainly of the events to come when he will be crucified and then resurrected. Yet, look at what the Bible says.
But they understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.
Verses 35-43 tell of the blind beggar crying out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Those in the crowd rebuked him, telling him to be quiet. Jesus, having heard him, told the people to bring the beggar to Him. Verses 42 and 43 tell us,
And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God.
How are these two events related? For three years the disciples walked with the Lord Jesus, and during that time He told them three times about His coming death and resurrection. Yet we find that when Christ was crucified, the disciples were cast into deep despair. They were blind to His words until He opened their eyes. As Christians, we, too, were blind beggars until Christ came and opened our eyes so that we could see.
I think it is important to think about that, especially if you are praying for friends and loved ones to receive Christ. Keep praying as that is your most powerful "tool;" pray that Christ will open their eyes and ears of understanding. Pray, too, for your fellow Christians, as well as yourself, that the blindness of sin will not fog their eyes from the truths of the Bible.
God Bless You,
All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.