The story is told of an Eastern princess, whose child, a lad of a few years, lay smitten with the plague and dying. The mother stood a little distance away, yet forbidden by the physician to approach lest she also perish. As she stood with breaking heart looking upon her child, t … More
As Jesus and His disciples crossed the Jordan and traveled toward Jerusalem, they passed through Jericho. As they traveled along a huge crowd of Passover pilgrims joined them (v. 29). As they were leaving Jericho two blind men, who had heard that Jesus was passing by, appealed to Him as “son of David” to heal them (v. 30).
This calloused crowd, who no doubt were accustomed to seeing lots of blind beggars tried to quiet these two men but they would not be silenced (v. 31). Jesus stopped in the road and called, “What do you want me to do for you” (v. 32)? They replied that they wanted him to open their eyes so they could see (v. 33). Jesus had compassion on them and immediately touched their eyes and they could see and immediately follow Him (v. 34). He became a servant to these two rejected blind beggars. What a contrast! The rich young ruler rejects Him for worldly possessions; His own disciples argue over who will be the greatest; the laborers in the parable murmur. Yet, now two transformed blind beggars gladly follow Him!
It is so easy for me to be around those who are spiritually blind and be calloused to their need of Christ just like the crowd was with the two blind men. I need to think of someone that I am around often who is spiritually blind and ask the Lord to give me a compassion to win them to Christ.
And as they went out of Jericho, a great crowd followed him. And behold, there were two blind men sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!" The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent, but they cried out all the more, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!" And stopping, Jesus called them and said, "What do you want me to do for you?" They said to him, "Lord, let our eyes be opened." And Jesus in pity touched their eyes, and immediately they recovered their sight and followed him.
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Matthew 17:14-23Healing of The Epileptic Son
Matthew 17:24-27Jesus Pays The Temple Tax
Matthew 18:1-9The Need For Humility
Matthew 18:10-14New Babes in Christ
Matthew 18:15-20The Biblical Principles For Church Discipline
Matthew 18:21-35How Many Times Should We Forgive?
Matthew 19:1-8Is Divorce Permissable?
Matthew 19:9-15Divorce and Adultery
Matthew 19:16-30The Rich Young Ruler
Matthew 20:1-16A Right Attitude in Service
Matthew 20:17-28A Leader Must Be a Servant
Matthew 20:29-34The Two Blind Men
Matthew 21:1-17Jesus Enters Jerusalem on a Donkey
Matthew 21:12-22The Fuitless Fig Tree
Matthew 21:23-32A Question About Jesus Authority
Matthew 21:33-46The Cruel Vineyard Tenants
Matthew 22:1-14Parable of The Wedding Party
Matthew 22:15-22Political Question About Paying Taxes
Matthew 22:23-33Doctrinal Question About The Resurrection
Matthew 22:34-46Ethical Question About David’s Son
Matthew 23:1-12The Pharisaical Religion
Matthew 23:13-26Blinded to God’s Truth
Matthew 23:27-39White Washed Sepulchers