“Authority of Jesus over Senses”- Matthew 9:27-34
Psalm 122:1-2 “To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens! Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maidservant to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, till he has mercy upon us.
This Week’s Core Belief: Personal God, Psalm 121:1-2, I believe God is involved in and cares about my daily life.
Jesus Heals Two Blind Men
Scripture: Matthew 9:27-34 “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.”
News of Jesus’ raising of Jairus’ daughter to life spreads quickly throughout the region of Capernaum. Consequently, He is not able to get very far away from the synagogue ruler’s home before some more needy people seek Him out. In today’s passage, two blind men beg the “son of David” for mercy (v. 27).
Blindness in Jesus’ day was a common ailment in the Middle East and created all sorts of religious hurdles for its victims. Many first-century Jews believed personal sin and blindness were linked directly. The blind were frowned upon and routinely suffered poverty and rejection. In John 9:1–3, however, Christ teaches that blindness does not necessarily result from sin and, He shows
compassion on the blind.
The two blind men address our Savior as the “son of David”, because they understand the true identity of Jesus. It is interesting that the blind see the true nature of Christ and those who can see do not. The men express hope that Jesus is the Anointed One who will enable them to see.
When the blind men enter the house with Jesus, our Lord has them confirm their belief that He is able to heal them and like others before them, they are healed.
Many commentators look at His miraculous healings not only as real events but also as metaphors for what happens to us when Christ touches us spiritually. Even if we have never suffered physical blindness, none of us can see the Lord unless the Holy Spirit opens our eyes. Pray that He would do the same for an unbelieving friend or family member.
Personal Reflection: Use the following questions to help review the application of God’s Word to our Head (What does God want me to know?), to our Heart (What does God want me to desire/value?), and to our Hands
(What does God want me to do?)
· Looking back at Andy’s message, is there anything that especially resonated or challenged you?
· Why was this miracle especially amazing? Were people always required to have faith in order to receive the effects of a miracle?
· What problem did the man have who was brought to Jesus in 9:32,33? How did people react to the miracle? What did Pharisees say about it?
· What were the men calling Jesus? (9:27)
· Read the following passages and describe how we are to respond when others reject our faith in the work of God.
· Matthew 5:44-47
· John 15:18-20
· Romans 12:14
· Hebrews 13:3
· After the blind men were healed by Jesus they immediately disobey Him by telling others what had happened to them. What are examples of Christians acting unwisely or disobediently out of misplaced zeal for God?
· What is your response to Christ and his work in your life? Is it most like the blind men, the crowds, or the Pharisees and why.
How might God be working to deepen your commitment to Christ or to give you opportunities to help others deepen their commitment?