Scripture Reading: Matthew 20: 30-34
“And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David. And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David. And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you?,” Matthew 20:30–32.
Father God, we thank you for the beauty of your reality that you have shown us in every situation. You are too marvelous for words, too wonderful for comprehension. Lord, today everything in us stands in reverence, in awe of you because indeed you are beautiful. Father, we ask for a divine revelation for those who cannot see your beauty because they are either physically or spiritually blind.
In Matthew 20:30–32, the Word of God tells us that as Jesus passed by two blind men, the multitude following Him rebuked them for calling out, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David.” Notice that multitudes were following Jesus.
Multitudes followed Him in biblical times and even today there are great multitudes following Jesus. Note also that although the multitude was following because they could see Him, there were blind men sitting beside the road who had not seen nor had a personal experience of the Lord Jesus Christ. They had not seen Him in action. But there was something unique about the people sitting on the wayside: their ears were open and they were waiting for a revelation of Jesus. When they heard that Jesus was passing by, they “cried out saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David,” Matthew 20:30–31. Have you cried out to the Lord after hearing about His works?
There are many encounters, experiences, and moves of the Lord that you hear about but have not seen. You did not see when Jesus worked that problem out for a particular sister or brother; you did not see when Jesus manifested His healing virtues in somebody’s life; you did not see when He brought a solution to an oppressive problem for another person. But you heard the testimony. The question remains: How do you react to what you hear?
Those two blind men did not see Jesus physically, but they heard the sound of the multitude following Him. They heard that He was passing by and it caused them to call out to Him. They addressed Him as Lord and asked Him to have mercy on them. They connected Him to His spiritual ancestry for He is the son of David and He has come to bring salvation: to bring sight to the blind and healing to the sick. They heard, and what they heard caused them to cry out, not to the multitude but directly to Jesus, whom they could not see. Verse 32 says that Jesus stood still and asked them, “What will ye that I shall do unto you?”
When we hear that the Lord is passing by, it is not just news for us to note. When we hear about the good things the Lord has done, like with those two blind men, we are meant to connect to that move, connect to that anointing by getting into our prayer closet and saying, “O Lord, the multitudes are seeing you in this area, have mercy on me because I am blind in that area. Have mercy on me, and let me receive my sight.”
The Bible says that when He heard the blind men cry, “… Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you? They say unto Him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. So Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight and they followed him,” Matthew 20:32–34. When you cry to Jesus, He stands still for you and then asks you what you want, so you need to be able to articulate your need. Many of us read this passage literally and think it is for those who are physically blind. If you are in lack, you are blind to prosperity. If you are in sickness, you are blind to health. If you are in spiritual confusion, you are blind to peace. You hear that others enjoy prosperity, health, and peace, but you aren’t experiencing it.
Cry to the Lord and say, “Lord, I am blind in these areas, cause my eyes to see,” and Jesus who touched their eyes and caused their eyes to receive sight, will also cause you to see. May you see that which you are blind to in Jesus’ name and when you see it, may it cause you to follow our beautiful Saviour, in Jesus’ name.
Father God, we pray that you will begin something great in the eyes of everyone today. Following Jesus starts with surrendering your life to Him, inviting Him into your heart so that from your heart He can control your five senses: what you see, hear, taste, touch, and smell. From the heart He can then improve your reasoning process so that you will begin to do things that are proper and right in His sight. He will wash your sins away with His shed blood and dwell in your heart. This is called salvation. He will live in you and make your life better. If you have never received Jesus into your heart and you desire that He come in, pray with me now, “Lord Jesus, I surrender my life to you, come into my heart and come and beautify my life in Jesus’ name.”