DayBreaks for 10/10/11 – The Blind Men at Jericho
From the DayBreaks Archive, 10/10/2001
Matthew 20:29-34 – “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.”
I like these two men. What is it that I find fascinating with this story? I like their courage. I like their determination to make personal contact with Jesus. I like their refusal to be deterred from their goal. I like their honesty – when asked by Jesus what it was that they wanted, they didn’t try to give him an answer that they may have felt he would have wanted to hear. No, they didn’t ask to be made wise or holy. They wanted their sight and they didn’t hesitate to ask for it! And their determination coupled with Jesus’ compassion got results!
On the one hand, it is easy to see this story at just the surface level – two blind men finding mercy and compassion from Christ. But there is more than just a feel-good story here. Do you remember who Jesus was? He was the Word of God, the Word made flesh that dwelt among us. What this message can teach us, as Origen wrote long ago, is two-fold:
FIRST: it is necessary that our eyes be opened by the Word of God. In the story, it was literally a word from God that opened their eyes. But they couldn’t do it themselves. We, too, will remain in our blindness until His Word opens our eyes and gives us new sight. And what did these two men probably see when their eyes were opened? Jesus! Can you imagine what an incredible thing it would be for your first glimpse of vision to be of the Son of God?
SECOND: it is necessary for us to come out of our own Jericho. These men had left their comfort zone and the relatively safe confines of the city. If these men had stayed inside of the city, the wouldn’t have encountered Jesus on the roadside. But they took the chance (intentionally or unintentionally, it doesn’t really make a difference) and they met the Lord. When you take chances in trying to make personal contact with Jesus, you will not be disappointed.
Ask Jesus to touch your eyes today and reveal himself to you!
PRAYER: We need the courage that comes from Your Spirit to leave our comfort zones so that you can open our eyes with your Word of healing and hope! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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