"We Want Our Eyes Opened" Matthew 20:29-34
“We Want Our Eyes Opened!”
This Week’s Core Virtue:
Love - I sacrificially and unconditionally love and forgive others.
1 John 4:10-12 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us
and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another,
God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
Scripture: Scripture: Matthew 20:29-34
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.
The Message of this Passage:
Today’s passage indicates that Jesus will soon arrive in Jerusalem to complete His Purpose for coming to earth. Leaving Jericho, Christ and His followers begin the ascent 3,000 feet up to Jerusalem, but they do not get very far before meeting two desperate men in need.
These blind men, one of whom is named Bartimaeus, beg Jesus to heal them, confessing Him as the “Son of David”, a title loaded with assumptions about who Christ is and His claims to be the Messiah. Knowing that the Messiah is present gives them hope that He will fulfill His call to work miracles and give them sight.
Yet the crowd is not happy, to say the least, with these blind men, rebuking them as they cry out to Jesus. They probably feel the beggars are unworthy of the Messiah’s attention since many first-century Jews thought blindness was God’s punishment for sin. It is also likely that they do not want Jesus to “waste His time” on these blind men. Those who believe Jesus might be the Christ would be looking for Him to enter Jerusalem immediately so that He might overthrow the Romans and set Israel over the world.
For Jesus, however, it is not a waste of time to stop and meet the needs of individuals such as these two blind men. So moved by compassion he restores their sight. This healing is against the people’s idea of what the Messiah should do, and it is just an indication of stronger opposition to come. The crowd that now does not want Him to help a fellow Israelite will later call for Jesus’ head when He does not live up to their expectations.
● Take a moment to read Matthew 20:29-34. What does this story teach us about caring for others?
● Read Matthew 20:29-34. Discuss some of the differences found in Mark 10:46-52 and Luke 18:35-43.
● How did the men know who Jesus was? How did they address Jesus? What was the status of the blind in Jesus’ day?
● Why do you think the crowd reacted this way to the blind men? What did the men do in response to being told to be silent?
● By asking Jesus what they did, what did it reveal about their faith in Him?
● How quickly did they receive what they had asked from Jesus? What was their response to being healed and given back their sight?
● What quality is considered great in the kingdom?
● What commendable spirit did the two blind men manifest? (30-31)
It can be easy to get so caught up in our plans that we miss the needs of certain individuals among us. As followers of Jesus, we must imitate His compassion and take the time to minister to hurting individuals even if it may sometimes get in the way of our own plans and purposes. How do you make sure people are shown compassion and not forgotten?