Sunday, December 26, 2021
Become What You Believe
27-28 As Jesus left the house, he was followed by two blind men crying out, “Mercy, Son of David! Mercy on us!” When Jesus got home, the blind men went in with him. Jesus said to them, “Do you really believe I can do this?” They said, “Why, yes, Master!”
29-31 He touched their eyes and said, “Become what you believe.” It happened. They saw. Then Jesus became very stern. “Don’t let a soul know how this happened.” But they were hardly out the door before they started blabbing it to everyone they met.
32-33 Right after that, as the blind men were leaving, a man who had been struck speechless by an evil spirit was brought to Jesus. As soon as Jesus threw the evil tormenting spirit out, the man talked away just as if he’d been talking all his life. The people were up on their feet applauding: “There’s never been anything like this in Israel!”
34 The Pharisees were left sputtering, “Smoke and mirrors. It’s nothing but smoke and mirrors. He’s probably made a pact with the Devil.”
-Matthew 9:27-34 The Message
Verse 27: As Jesus went on from there, two men who were blind followed Him, crying out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”
Verse 27 study: The way of addressing Jesus by “Jesus the Messiah” is known to us because it is the Messiah. “Son of David” is the same way. He is known as the descendant of David found in Isaiah 9:7, but this is the first time it is being used in the book of Matthew. Jesus’ ability to give sight to the blind is found in Isaiah 29:18; 35:5; 42:7.
Verse 28: And after He entered the house, the men who were blind came up to Him, and Jesus *said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They *said to Him, “Yes, Lord.”
Verse 28 study: The blind men were persistent. They went to the house where Jesus was staying. They all know Jesus can heal them, and they went through measures to make sure no one stopped them from finding him. This is a real example of action in faith. If you believe Jesus is the answer to all your needs, no one shouldn’t stop you from reaching out to him.
Verse 29: Then He touched their eyes, saying, “It shall be done for you according to your faith.”
Verse 30: And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, “See that no one knows about this!”
Verse 30 study: Jesus did tell them to keep quiet about his healings because he didn’t want to be known as only a miracle worker. He healed because he had compassion for people and wanted to bring spiritual healing to a sin-sick world.
Verses 27-30 studies: The test here is faith. That’s why Jesus didn’t respond to the blind men’s requests when they asked. So Jesus waited to see if they would have faith in waiting. But, unfortunately, not everyone believes God will help. So Jesus continued to wait and question the men to understand and increase their faith. Consider this when you believe God is slow to answer your prayers; he may be testing you as he did the blind men. Do you think God can help you? Do you really want to be helped?
Verse 31: But they went out and spread the news about Him throughout that land.
Verse 32: And as they were going out, behold, a demon-possessed man who was unable to speak was brought to Him.
Verse 32 study: Demonic forces were active while Jesus was on earth. We can’t be sure why or how demon possession occurs, but we know it causes physical and mental health problems. In this case, the demon made man unable to talk.
Verse 33: And after the demon was cast out, the man who was previously unable to speak talked, and the crowds were amazed and were saying, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”
Verse 34: But the Pharisees were saying, “He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons.”
Verse 34 study: In chapter 9, we learn Jesus is accused of four different sins according to the Pharisees. Blasphemy, befriending outcasts, impiety, and serving Satan. Matthew shows how Jesus was slandered by those who should have received him most gladly. So why did the Pharisees do this?
- Jesus bypassed their religious authority.
- He weakened control over people.
- He challenged their beliefs.
- He exposed their insecure motives.
Meanwhile, while the Pharisees were questioning, debating, and scrutinizing Jesus, they failed to see that people’s lives were changing right in front of them. People were being healed. Their skepticism is based on evidence that is insufficient and by their jealousy of Jesus’ popularity.
Matthew 1:1; 12:23; 15:22; 20:30; 21; 21:9; 15; 22:42; Mark 10:47, 48; 12:35; Luke 18:39; 20:41
Matthew 8:13; 9:22
Matthew 4:24; 9:26; 14:1; Mark 1:28, 45; Luke 4:14, 37; 5:15; 7:17
Matthew 12:22, 24; Matthew 4:24
Matthew 12:24; Mark 3:22; Luke 11:15; John 7:20
Faith and patience are some of the biggest concerns on earth. If people are not patient with themselves, how can they be patient around family, friends, and strangers? So, father, I pray today that this lesson can teach some structure of faith and patience to begin with. Let this be the life-changer in their life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.