Thursday, March 3, 2022
29-31 As they were leaving Jericho, a huge crowd followed. Suddenly they came upon two blind men sitting alongside the road. When they heard it was Jesus passing, they cried out, “Master, have mercy on us! Mercy, Son of David!” The crowd tried to hush them up, but they got all the louder, crying, “Master, have mercy on us! Mercy, Son of David!”
32 Jesus stopped and called over, “What do you want from me?”
33 They said, “Master, we want our eyes opened. We want to see!”
34 Deeply moved, Jesus touched their eyes. They had their sight back that very instant and joined the procession.
-Matthew 20:29-34 The Message
Sight for Those Who Are Blind
Verse 29: As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed Him.
Verse 30: And two people who were blind, sitting by the road, hearing that Jesus was passing by, cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!”
Verse 30 study: The blind men called Jesus “Son of David” because the Jews knew that the Messiah would be descendants to David.
Isaiah 9:6-7: 6 For a Child will be born to us, a Son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace
On the throne of David and over his kingdom,
To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness
From then on and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of armies will accomplish this.
Matthew 11:1: John’s Questions
When Jesus had finished giving instructions to His twelve disciples, He went on from there to teach and preach in their cities.
Jeremiah 23:5-6: “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch;
And He will reign as king and act wisely
And do justice and righteousness in the land.
6 In His days Judah will be saved,
And Israel will live securely;
And this is His name by which He will be called,
‘The Lord Our Righteousness.’
Although these men were blind, they saw that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah. The religious leaders on the other hand, not only witnessed Jesus’ miracle were blind to his identity, they refuse to see the truth, open their eyes that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah. Seeing with your eyes doesn’t guarantee to see with your heart.
Verse 31: But the crowd sternly warned them to be quiet; yet they cried out all the more, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
Verse 32: And Jesus stopped and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?”
Verse 33: They *said to Him, “Lord, we want our eyes to be opened.”
Verses 32-33 studies: Because Jesus was concerned about the events in Jerusalem, he demonstrated what he told the disciples about service (20:28) by stopping to care for the blind men.
Verse 34: Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him.
Verses 29-34 study: Matthew records two blind men. Meanwhile, Mark and Luke mention one. It is more than likely the same event. In this case, Mark and Luke singled out the more vocal one of the two.