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The Need for Laborers

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Laborers

As Jesus continues to travel, two blind men follow Him and acknowledge Him as the Son of David (vv. 27-31). We are not told why these men are blind but blindness was prevalent in the Mideast in that day. These men were persistent as they followed Him into the house where He was staying. It was their faith that Christ honored as He miraculously restored their sight. He told them not to tell anyone about this event but the news soon traveled throughout the region (v. 31). Perhaps the reason He didn’t want this news to be spread was to keep the multitudes from thronging to Him for physical healing. While it is true that Jesus did heal many from physical diseases He came primarily for spiritual healing which is permanent and not physical healing which is temporary.

As the two blind men left the house a demon possessed man was brought to Jesus and He immediately healed him (vv. 32-34). The crowd marveled as nothing like this had ever been seen in Israel. However the religious leaders said that He must be getting His power from Satan.

As Jesus went from place to place he saw the people being deceived by the religious leaders and wandering around helpless with no spiritual guidance (vv. 35-38). In response to this helpless condition He urges the disciples to pray that God the Father will send out additional laborers to reap the harvest. “As so often happens, those who prayed were themselves sent”.

Application

Has the need for laborers changed any since Jesus day? No! In fact there are more unsaved people in the world today than there were in Jesus day. What can I do to help in today’s harvest field.

Matthew 9:27-38 (English Standard Version)

And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, "Have mercy on us, Son of David." When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to him, "Yes, Lord." Then he touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith be it done to you." And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, "See that no one knows about it." But they went away and spread his fame through all that district. As they were going away, behold, a demon-oppressed man who was mute was brought to him. And when the demon had been cast out, the mute man spoke. And the crowds marveled, saying, "Never was anything like this seen in Israel." But the Pharisees said, "He casts out demons by the prince of demons." And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest."

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