En route to Jerusalem for the Passover, crowds did all they could to suppress the annoying interruption of a couple of blind beggars, crying out for Jesus' attention. They wanted to see! But the crowds just wanted them to hush. That didn't sway their efforts in the least. They just cried out all the louder for help from the Son of David.
I wonder if there's anything for us to learn in this passage? Join us today in Matthew 20, verses 29 to 34.
29 And as they went out of Jericho, a great crowd followed him. 30 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!” 31 The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent, but they cried out all the more, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” 32 And stopping, Jesus called them and said, “What do you want me to do for you?”33 They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.” 34 And Jesus in pity touched their eyes, and immediately they recovered their sight and followed him.
life application questions
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growing in truth: Read Matthew 20.29-34
What does rebuke mean? To express sharp disapproval.
Why do you think the crowd sharply disapproved of the blind men’s cries for Jesus? Culturally the blind, lame etc were common problems and second class citizens. These guys were pests begging for attention like mosquitoes at a family picnic. The thinking was God had probably punished them for their sins. (Jn9.2) "If anyone deserves attention from Jesus, it's the healthy, wealthy & wise like us."
Have you ever had your keys in hand, headed out the door, only to have someone stop you? Can you explain how that parallels with Jesus’ situation? Jesus was leaving town, on his way to the Passover celebration, and ultimately the cross. But, Jesus, stopped. Why? Because of the persistent blind men crying for mercy.
Jesus is on His way to the cross. Nothing He has done is more important than the cross. But He stops. Is there a lesson in that for us? Yes, like Jesus, we need to stop, and, like Jesus, we need to ask: "What do you want me to do for you?" If Jesus, can stop on the way to the cross, you can stop on your way to wherever, and model Jesus by showing compassion and mercy.
Pastor Paige said that the strongest faith came from the blind men. Why? They had not seen Jesus or any of His miracles, they could have only have heard of Him and them. Their desperation to see drives them to express their faith in what they had heard about Him, persistently crying out to the “Son of David” for help, to the irritation of the more “worthy” crowd.
How does "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!" Express their faith? They are calling Jesus by using a title that acknowledges Jesus as the Messiah. Their use of the title underscores why Jesus was ultimately crucified: for blasphemy. ¿Could Jesus truly be the Messiah? Confidence was growing among the crowds that followed.
This was a miraculous healing. Blind one moment--no sense of light, dark, color, or depth of field--then 20/20 vision the next moment. What did they see clearly? Jesus: Healer physically and spiritually.
Pastor Paige pointed out that Jesus didn't caution the blind men not to tell others. Why is it significant that they are not cautioned? The plan for the cross was on track, the time was right for every one to know Jesus as Son of David, to know He was doing supernatural healings that validated His divinity and teaching. After He was crucified and risen from the dead, people would remember when Jesus was out the door with his keys in his hand, on the way to the celebration and His cross, He still made time for the "second class pests”, compassionately granting them the mercy we all need.
sharing life together: Are you crying for the Son of David to heal you?" How can we as a family minister to you? Do you know anyone in the church that needs help now?
living on mission: Are there “blind” in our community that are calling out to the Son of David for healing? Where should we be asking “What do you want me to do for you?” Who can we help know God? How?