Jesus heals the blind and dumb - Mathew 9 verses 27 to 33a
Jesus heals the blind and dumb Mathew 9:27-33a
INTRODUCTION to the topic and contextual background God created a perfect world which is to be under the dominion of man. Unfortunately because of sin, the beauty of God’s creation became corrupted and man’s dominion over it removed. The Bible promised that one day God will restore it to its perfect state and man’s dominion over it. For the Jews this would become a reality with the coming of the “Messiah,” the destroyer of sin and death, the Righteous ruler. Through the miracles of Jesus Christ we are given a preview of the coming reign of Jesus Christ on earth. As Matthew continues to present the third set of miracles that demonstrate Jesus’ claim to messiahship.
HEALING THE TWO BLIND MENAnd as Jesus passed on from there, twoblind men followed Him, crying out, andsaying, “Have mercy on us, Son ofDavid!” And after He had come into thehouse, the blind men came up to Him,and Jesus said to them, “Do you believethat I am able to do this?” They said toHim, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched theireyes, saying, “Be it done to youaccording to your faith.” And their eyeswere opened. And Jesus sternly warnedthem, saying, “See here, let no oneknow about this!” But they went out, andspread the news about Him in all thatland. (9:27-32)
I - THE CONDITION OF THE MEN Blindness was common in ancient times, as it still is in mostunderdeveloped parts of the world. The fact that Jesus healed more cases ofblindness than any other kind of disease reflects its pervasiveness. Unsanitaryconditions, infectious organisms, blowing sand, accident, war, malnutrition, andexcessive heat all combined to make blindness a constant danger. Manyinfants were born blind because of various diseases suffered by the motherduring pregnancy, and many others became blind a few days after birth bybeing exposed to venereal disease, especially gonorrhea, as they passedthrough the birth canal. It was not uncommon for blind people to associate with others whowere blind, and it is possible that these two blind men had been companions indarkness for many years.
II - THE CRY OF THE MEN (vs. 27)Kraz (from which comes crying out) - basically carries the idea of shouting orscreaming with great intensity, The word is used of the unintelligible babbling ofa deranged person such as the demoniac of Gadara. (Mark 5:5) It is used ofthe Lord Himself on the cross (Mark 15:37). It is used in Revelation 12:2 of awoman screaming in the pains of childbirth. The two blind men were crying outto Jesus in great anxiety and desperation and were determined to be heardover the noise of the crowd, knowing He was their only hope of deliverancefrom their afflictions. What they said as they cried out indicates they had both:a.) The right knowledge about Jesus - The fact that the blind men addressedJesus as Son of David indicates they acknowledged Him as the Messiah,because Son of David was one of the most common Jewish titles for thepromised Deliverer. It was a royal title, denoting His lineage from the family ofthe great King David and His right to reestablish and rule over the comingkingdom of God. Every Jew who heard the blind men call Jesus the Son ofDavid recognized it as a clear confession of their belief in His messiahship.(Luke 1:32,33, 2 Sam. 7:12-14a, 16)
b.) The right attitude toward Jesus - The cry of the blind men also reveals theyhad the right attitude toward Jesus. They pleaded, have mercy on us, by whichthey may have acknowledged their need not simply for physical help but forforgiving mercy. It seems reasonable to suggest that they felt a spiritual needthat only Jesus could meet, and they came to him in hungering humility.These two men came to Jesus not only with a right understanding of His greatworthiness but also with a right understanding of their own great unworthiness.That is the attitude of heart that the Lord honors and accepts. Again it is madeclear that the person who comes before God declaring his own goodness isrejected by Him, whereas the one who mourns over his sin and humbly criesout, “God, be merciful to me, the sinner!” is justified by the Lord.It is interesting that Jesus at first showed no response to the pleas of the twoblind men. They continued to cry out as the entire crowd moved along withJesus and the disciples, and He let them keep pouring out their hearts as theypersistently demonstrated their determination. He tested their faith, letting it runto the extremity that proved its sincerity.
III - THE CONFRONTATION OF THE MEN (vs.28)It was not until after He had come into the house (No mention here as to whichhouse Jesus went, it was possibly Peter’s, where Jesus probably made Hishome while He was in Capernaum) that the blind men came up to Him. Theysomehow managed to keep up with Him and then followed Him into the housewhere He was staying.Each of the healings recounted in chapter 9 involved such persistence. In eachcase Jesus led the persistent seekers to affirm faith in Him. Now He asks thetwo blind men pointedly, Do you believe that I am able to do this? The questionseemed stranged considering that he already knew their faith. His asking themabout their faith must therefore have been for the purpose of drawing out amore complete public confession.The Gospels makes it clear that faith was not necessarily present in all healingbut But faith is always involved in salvation, and Jesus prompted the two blindmen to openly confess their trust in Him surely for the sake of the their spiritual,not their physical, restoration.
IV - THE CONVERSION OF THE MEN (vs. 29)Without the drama so common with self-proclaimed faith healers, Jesus simplytouched their eyes, saying, “Be it done toyou according to your faith.” Accordingto your faith signifies that the extent ofJesus’ ministry to these men was basedon the measure of their personal faith inHim. Faith is the means by which menreceive the salvation God graciouslygives. In light of their confession and ofJesus’ specific mention of their faith, itseems certain that more than their eyeswere opened. Their trust in Jesus Christlikely brought salvation as well ashealing. He gave them spiritual life aswell as physical sight.
V - THE COMMAND TO THE MEN (vs. 30)Embrimaomai (sternly warned) - is an intensified form of an already strongverb and could even carry the idea of scolding (see Mark 14:5).Jesus’ reason for this command was not, to keep His miracle-working powerfrom becoming known. Nor was the command given to keep this particularmiracle from becoming known for some reason.Obviously Jesus had another reason for commanding the men’s silence. Thebest explanation seems to be that He did not want His messiahship proclaimedprematurely. He did not want to stir up premature opposition or encouragerevolutionary Jews to begin rallying around Him. It could be also that Jesus didnot want people to come to him just because they get something out from him(John 6:26) Or it could be that Jesus wanted people to draw their own personalconclusions about him. (Mathew 11:3-5) Jesus was concerned that especiallythe Jews, as God’s chosen people, accept His messiahship on the basis of Hisfulfillment of Old Testament prophecy, not simply on mere verbal claims.
VI - THE CONTRARINESS OF THE MEN (vs. 31) Despite Jesus’ strict command to the contrary, the two men immediately went out, and spread the news about Him in all that land. Most believers need to say more about the Lord, not less. But for His own important reasons at this time, Jesus had ordered these two men to say nothing about what He had done for them; and yet they disobeyed. Because it was disobedience of the Lord, what they did was wrong; but it was a kind of sin that only a grateful, overflowing heart could commit. The men could not resist the overwhelming desire to tell everyone of their wonderful deliverance and of the Lord who delivered them.
VII - THE COMMITMENT OF THE MEN& THE HEALING OF THE DUMB MAN (vs. 32, 33)The two men themselves came across another needy person as they wereleaving and immediately brought him to Jesus for healing. If this was the case,they evidenced genuine commitment to Christ by bringing others to Him.The dumb man may have been a friend of the two blind men, who perhaps hadacted as their eyes while they acted as his voice. In that case, the first thingthey did after being healed and saved themselves was to bring their friend toJesus for healing and salvation.Kophos (dumb) often included the idea of deafness because inability to speakis frequently caused by inability to hear. As with blindness, deafness wascommon in the ancient world. In this man’s case, however, dumbness wascaused by being demon-possessed, Nothing is said of this man’s faith, and nointimation is given of his salvation. As far as we know, he made no professionof faith in Jesus and received nothing from Him except physical healing.
CONCLUSIONThe primary focus of the passage is on the two blind men, and their story givesa beautiful analogy of the pattern of salvation. Their physical blindness is apicture of spiritual blindness.First of all, they acknowledged their need. Second, the blind menacknowledged Jesus as the Son of David, Messiah, just as the saved personmust acknowledge Him as Lord and Savior.Third, they came seeking God’s mercy, knowing that what they needed they didnot deserve. Fourth, they trusted in Jesus for healing, just as the lost must trustin Him for salvation. On the basis of their faith they were converted.Fifth, by disobeying the Lord, they displayed the well-meaning weakness thatoften follows conversion. But, sixth, they were also useful to the Lord, becausethey brought others to Him.