In the dust of the Rabbi- Day 75


Title: Jesus has power over blindness


Scriptures to Read: Matthew 9:27-34


Commentary:


Two blind me express personal need

What is significant about what the blind men call out in verse 27? First they express a personal need: “Have mercy on us.”


Jesus does not respond according to His Messianic title

They call upon Jesus by His messianic title, “Son of David.” How does Jesus respond to that? He does not respond to them! They are asking for a miracle of healing on the basis of His messianic character! He has been rejected as the Messiah by the leaders of Israel. And so, on that basis He can do nothing for them. Therefore, He ignores them and enters the house.


The policy of privacy

When He enters the house, the blind men follow Him, and there, away from the crowds and in the privacy of the house Jesus questions them and heals them. So the miracle is a private one.


The policy of faith

Their personal need is obvious, but what about their faith? So he asks them in verse 28: “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” Remember, there is no record of Him asking this kind of question before the unpardonable sin, but now he raises these questions about faith. And when they say “yes”, then they are healed. And in healing them He emphasizes the importance of faith by telling them: “It shall be done to you according to your faith.”


The policy of silence

Notice the new policy of silence here in verse 30: Jesus sternly warned them: “See that no one knows about this!” But they went ahead and spread the news anyway, in spite of Him telling them not to.


Another dumb demon

Another mute demon-possessed man is brought to Him and He casts the demon out. Matthew says, “As they were going out, a mute, demon-possessed man was brought to Him.” So the healed blind men went out of the house, but Jesus remained inside and the demon-possessed man was brought to Him there. So the healing was performed in private. However, when he went out again and was able to speak the crowds could see and hear what had happened, and they were amazed. The man was healed in private in response to his need, and not in public as a demonstration of His messiahship.


The crowds are not following their leaders yet

Here Matthew focuses on the two different responses to this miracle. He draws a contrast between the response of the crowds and the response of the Pharisees. The crowds were amazed, and were saying, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.” But the explanation of the Pharisees remains the same. They were saying, “He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons.” Notice that the people are not yet following the leaders. We will eventually see this change.

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