Spiritual Blindness

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Why we do not see God’s Presence in our lives? We do not see or perceive God’s Presence is because we don’t always seek God with our whole heart, we don’t purse God with repentant hearts, we are looking for the wrong kind of God, our God is too small or we are looking in the wrong places. Opening our spiritual eyes depends on Lordship of Jesus Christ, understanding and applying the Bible, prayer and spiritual companions.

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Spiritual Blindness

  1. 1. Giving Sight to the BlindEyes that look but do not see Matt. 20:29-34; Luke 18: 35-42; Luke 19:1-10 Dr Alex Tang
  2. 2. Matt. 20: 29-34 MT 20:29 As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30 Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!" : 31 The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!" 32 Jesus stopped and called them. "What do you want me to do for you?" he asked.33 "Lord," they answered, "we want our sight." 34 Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.
  3. 3. Luke 18: 35-42 LK 18:35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36 When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. 37 They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." 38 He called out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" 39 Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" 40 Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, 41 "What do you want me to do for you?" "Lord, I want to see," he replied.42 Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has healed you." 43 Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God
  4. 4. Jesus on his way to Jerusalem… How many blind men did Jesus healed? Matt 20:29 As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30 Two blind men were …. Luke 18:35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. Mark 10:46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus), was sitting by the roadside begging.
  5. 5. Jesus on his way to Jerusalem… How many blind men did Jesus healed?
  6. 6. Jerusalem
  7. 7. Ancient Jericho (Tell es Sultan)
  8. 8. Jesus in JerichoAncient NT JerichoJericho One blind man Two blind men Luke 18:35; Matt 20:29 Mark 10:46 (Bartimaeus)
  9. 9. Luke 19:1-10LK 19:1 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man wasthere by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and waswealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man hecould not, because of the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed asycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.5 WhenJesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, comedown immediately. I must stay at your house today." 6 So he came downat once and welcomed him gladly.7 All the people saw this and began tomutter, "He has gone to be the guest of a `sinner. "8 But Zacchaeusstood up and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of mypossessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, Iwill pay back four times the amount."9 Jesus said to him, "Todaysalvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son ofAbraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what waslost."
  10. 10. Sycamore Tree in NT Jericho
  11. 11. Jesus in JerichoAncient NT JerichoJericho One blind man Zacchaeus Two blind men Luke 18:35; Luke 19:1-10 Matt 20:29 Mark 10:46 (Bartimaeus) poor rich poor want to see want to see Jesus want to see physical sight spiritual sight physical sight faith repentance faith follow Jesus receive salvation follow Jesus
  12. 12. Ancient Jericho again
  13. 13. Mount of Temptation
  14. 14. Temptations of Jesus (Matt. 4)• physical food (fasting- food, disobedience to God)3 The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tellthese stones to become bread.“ 4 Jesus answered, "It is written: `Mandoes not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from themouth of God. "• protection and security ( testing God- spiritual pride)6 "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down. For it iswritten: " `He will command his angels concerning you, and they will liftyou up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against astone. “ 7 Jesus answered him, "It is also written: `Do not put the Lordyour God to the test. "• power and wealth of the world (idolatry)8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him allthe kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 "All this I will give you,"he said, "if you will bow down and worship me."10 Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: `Worshipthe Lord your God, and serve him only. "
  15. 15. Temptations of Jesus (Matt. 4) How did Jesus resist Satan’s temptations? •Disobedience •Pride •Idolatry
  16. 16. Jesus in JerichoAncient NT JerichoJericho One blind man Zacchaeus Two blind men Luke 18:35; Luke 19:1-10 Matt 20:29 Mark 10:46 (Bartimaeus) poor rich poorSpiritual want to see want to see Jesus want to seesight of physical sight spiritual sight physical sightJesus faith repentance faith follow Jesus receive salvation follow Jesus
  17. 17. Eyes that Look but do not See How good are our spiritual sight? Do we need spiritual eye checkup?
  18. 18. Eyes that Look but do not See
  19. 19. Eyes that Look but do not See What are some of the causes of spiritual blindness?
  20. 20. Causes of spiritual blindness A. We don’t seek God with our whole hearts •Our hearts are divided and fragmented •Desire for other things –money, power, prestige. •No enough trust
  21. 21. Causes of spiritual blindness A. We don’t seek God with our whole hearts B. We don’t pursue God with repentant hearts •Refuse to let go of things that keep us in bondage •Refuse to let go of anger, hurts •Lack of humility
  22. 22. Causes of spiritual blindness A. We don’t seek God with our whole hearts B. We don’t pursue God with repentant hearts C. We are worshipping the wrong kind of God •What is our perception of God? •Hard taskmaster •Santa Claus •Big Brother
  23. 23. Causes of spiritual blindness A. We don’t seek God with our whole hearts B. We don’t pursue God with repentant hearts C. We are worshipping the wrong kind of God D. Our God is too small
  24. 24. Our God is too small •We are satisfied with a very small revelation of God. •We never expect the impossible •We are contented with limited knowledge of the Bible •Apopathic Christian spirituality •Kataphatic Christian spirituality
  25. 25. Treatment for spiritual blindness A. Lordship of Christ
  26. 26. Treatment for spiritual blindness A. Lordship of Christ B. Be saturated with the Word of God
  27. 27. Treatment for spiritual blindness A. Lordship of Christ B. Be saturated with the Word of God C. Be prayer-ful
  28. 28. Treatment for spiritual blindness A. Lordship of Christ B. Be saturated with the Word of God C. Be prayer-ful D. Spiritual companionship
  29. 29. Questions for Spiritual Sight1. What spiritual failures have you experienced since our last meeting? What known sins, if any, have you committed?2. What temptations have you battled with this week? Where do you feel the most vulnerable right now?3. What temptations have you been delivered from this week? Please share with us how you won the victory.4. Has the Lord revealed anything to you about your heart and life that makes you want us to join you in taking a second look at what might be sinful attitudes, lifestyle, or motivations?5. Is there any spiritual problem that you have never been able to talk about-to us or even to God? (Tracy, Cockerill, Demaray, & Harper, 2000, p. 133).
  30. 30. Sermon Statement Why we do not see God’s Presence in our lives? We do not see or perceive God’s Presence is because we don’t always seek God with our whole heart, we don’t purse God with repentant hearts, we are looking for the wrong kind of God, our God is too small or we are looking in the wrong places. Opening our spiritual eyes depends on Lordship of Jesus Christ, understanding and applying the Bible, prayer and spiritual companions.
  31. 31. Transcript of this sermon may be found atwww.kairos2.com/spiritual.blindness.htm

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