Blind Eyes Are Opened


TABLETALK DEVOTIONS WITH RC SPROUL

Blind Eyes Are Opened
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Matthew 9:27–31 “As Jesus passed on from
there, two blind men followed him,
crying aloud, ‘Have mercy on us, Son of
David’” (v. 27).

News of Jesus’ raising of Jairus’ daughter to life
spreads quickly throughout
the region of Capernaum after Christ touches her hand and performs the miracle
(Matt. 9:25–26). Consequently, He is not able
to get very far away from the
synagogue ruler’s home before some more needy
people seek Him out. In today’s
passage, two blind men beg the “son of David”
for mercy (v. 27).

Blindness in Jesus’ day was a common ailment in the
Middle East and created
all sorts of religious hurdles for its victims. No
son of Aaron with a defect
in his sight could offer up the bread of God (Lev.
21:16–21). Devotional
writings — not Scripture — found among the Dead Sea
Scrolls prohibited blind
men from entering Jerusalem. Since God sometimes
blinded His enemies in the
Old Testament (Gen. 19:1–11), many first-century
Jews believed personal sin
and blindness were linked directly. The blind were
frowned upon and routinely
suffered poverty and rejection. In John 9:1–3,
however, Christ teaches that
blindness does not necessarily result from
transgression, and, as we will see,
He is faithful to the Mosaic law’s
directives for compassion on the blind
(Lev. 19:14; Deut. 27:18).

The
two blind men address our Savior as the “son of David” (Matt. 9:27),
because
they understand the true identity of this Galilean carpenter.
Restoring sight
to the blind is among the Messiah’s tasks in Isaiah 42:1–9,
and in using the
messianic title “son of David,” the men express hope that
Jesus is the
Anointed One who will enable them to see. Notably, Solomon, whom
Jewish
tradition at the time calls a great miracle-worker, is the only king
with the
title “son of David” in the Old Testament (Prov. 1:1). Viewing Jesus’
power
through the extrabiblical legends of their day, these men likely see Him
as a
new and better Solomon, David’s greatest son, who will never lose His
kingdom
(2 Sam. 7:1–13).

When the blind men enter the house with Jesus, our Lord
has them confirm their
belief that He is able to heal them. Like others
before them, they are healed
(Matt. 9:27–31) because their faith, according
to John Calvin, “embraces the
mercy and fatherly love of God along with his
power, and the generous design
of Christ along with his ability to
save.”

Coram deo: Living before the face of
God
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The close connection of
Jesus’ miracles to His work of bearing the sins of His
people (Matt. 8:17)
has led many commentators to look at His miraculous
healings not only as real
events but also as metaphors for what happens to us
when Christ touches us
spiritually. Even if we have never suffered physical
blindness, none of us
could see the Lord until the Holy Spirit opened our
eyes. Pray that He would
do the same for an unbelieving friend or family
member.

For further
study:

Isaiah 29:17–24

The Bible in a year:

1 Samuel 20–21

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