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The Blind See!

September 22, 2019 Preacher: Lyndon Shook Series: Matthew

Scripture: Matthew 9:27– 31

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Jesus Heals Two Blind Men

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27 And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” 28 When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” 29 Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.” 30 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, “See that no one knows about it.” 31 But they went away and spread his fame through all that district. (Matthew 9:27–31)

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Jesus can make blind men see!

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That statement is one of huge importance. In the case of these two men who cried out to Jesus, these men knew, obviously, that they had a problem they were very familiar with their blindness. It would be odd and unbelievable really if they did not understand that they had a blindness problem. They knew they were blind and they desperately wanted to see.

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It is hard to imagine as a seeing person what it must be like to be blind. Our God who created the world around us and all that is in it, was gracious to fill our vision with all sorts of amazing ability to see what He has made. He has created beauty all around us. Beauty like the sky, the seas, the vegetation growing things and living things. He has also created many things that we may find oddly fascinating. Just recently Tammy and I were driving in North Dakota and we saw a strange things on the road. It was a few inches long, dark, add shaped and it just moved funny darting across the road. It looks slick or slimy. We both saw it and said..what was that! We didn’t know but it didn’t look like or move like anything we had seen before. A little further down the road we saw another one but still couldn’t make out what it was. The next day our son who was there said, “hey have y'all seen any mud puppies?” Tammy and I looked at each other like “I’ll bet that is what we saw.” It is a salamander like slick creature that is common up there. It was odd, God has created some odd things and he has given us eyes to see them and be awed by them.

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Sight is a wonderful thing. I would hate to lose that. What if all you saw was perpetual darkness? I am sure I am not thankful often enough for the blessing of sight.

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Listen to the passion and excitement as these two blind men approach Jesus.

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two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” (Matthew 9:27)

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Crying out here is to shout or scream, it conveys an unpleasant yelling. There wasn’t anything subtle about the way these two men approached Jesus!

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They must have determined this was a window of opportunity. Jesus was near, Jesus heals, that was the word on the streets. Jesus even brought a person back to life from the dead, he healed a leper. People were being healed and restored who shouldn’t be healed and restored. And so they seize their opportunity and dare not remain silent, they cry loudly and obnoxiously to Jesus for His help.

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The blind men cry out. Notice they refer to Jesus as the Son of David. In the book of Matthew we most often see this title used by the blind and Gentiles. You would think that it would be used by the religious Jews, however, it was instead used primarily by the spiritually blind Gentiles and the literally blind. Have mercy on us they cry.

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Once again we see Jesus respond as a compassionate Savior.

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28 When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”(Matthew 9:28)

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They continued to followJesus into a house, they were persistent, they wanted to hear from Jesus. Jesus said, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”

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Do you believe? They respond - “Yes, Lord.”

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29 Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.” 30 And their eyes were opened.(Matthew 9:29)

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Their eyes were opened and everything that had been dark became as light. All that had been hidden became known. Can you imagine the flood of images that came to them in this moment? All the things that had been described to them know they could see for themselves. Can you imagine the freedom that came with their sight?

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No more did they have to rely on someone to take them from place to place, to direct them to where they should be and what they should do. The could see!

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When Jesus opened their eyes giving them sight He then warns them:

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...And Jesus sternly warned them, “See that no one knows about it.”(Matthew 9:30)

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Why would Jesus encourage their silence on this healing? There are many thoughts on this but it seems to me as he had said before, His time had not yet come. The time had not come for His arrest and crucifixion. As we will see shortly in this book, the public healings and ministry served to enrage His opponents who would eventually seek His death. Jesus knew the timing and He had much ministry yet to do, His name would be known for sure but a tempering of that spread seemed in order at this point in His ministry.

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Now these guys completely ignored what Jesus commanded. Instead of telling no one they told everyone!

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While they should have obeyed, humanly speaking we can probably all see the difficulty with obeying this command. In their enthusiasm they spread the word.

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31 But they went away and spread his fame through all that district. (Matthew 9:31)

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Now, I want to give you two reasons why this passage is so important for us. It certainly was important for these two who were healed and important for those who loved them. But it is also important for us as well and I want to give you a couple of reasons why.

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First of all it is important for us to know that Jesus can make the blind see.

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In Colossians we read that everything that was made was made by Jesus.

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16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together (Colossians 1:16–17)

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Jesus made our bodies and as the creator of our bodies He is intimately aware of how they function. And if Jesus wants to heal a body, He can heal a body. He designed the human body and He can fix it.

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Do we all believe that? This is important..do you believe that Jesus can heal these bodies if that be His desire and perfect will and what is best for us?

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I hope we all believe that because here is the next thing.

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There something 1000 times worse than physical blindness. What is worse? Spiritual blindness.

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While physical blindness is a terribly difficult condition, spiritual blindness is a damning condition.

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It is interesting that spiritual deadness and ignorance is so often spoken of as blindness. It is a condition of not seeing spiritual things. Many saw Jesus with their eyes but did not know Him for who He was. Just seeing Jesus with one's eyes did not lead a person to life in Christ. People have to be given spiritual sight.

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Isaiah 42 is just one of many places that talks of spiritual blindness:

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Listen to these encouraging words about Jesus who was to come:

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42 Behold my servant, whom I uphold, \nmy chosen, in whom my soul delights; \n I have put my Spirit upon him; \nhe will bring forth justice to the nations. \n 2 He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, \nor make it heard in the street; \n 3 a bruised reed he will not break, \nand a faintly burning wick he will not quench; \nhe will faithfully bring forth justice. \n 4 He will not grow faint or be discouraged \ntill he has established justice in the earth; \nand the coastlands wait for his law. \n 5 Thus says God, the Lord, \nwho created the heavens and stretched them out, \nwho spread out the earth and what comes from it, \n who gives breath to the people on it \nand spirit to those who walk in it: \n 6 “I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; \nI will take you by the hand and keep you; \n I will give you as a covenant for the people, \na light for the nations, \n 7 to open the eyes that are blind, \n to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, \nfrom the prison those who sit in darkness. (Isaiah 42:1–7)

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The prophet explains that Jesus will open the eyes of the spiritually blind. Open eyes to spiritual truth.

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I spent time ministering to a young man some time ago. This young man had gotten into some really significant trouble. As I spoke with him I tried to encourage Him to understand the dark path that he was headed down and both the practical earthly consequences that he would face if he continued on that path and the spiritual fate that would be his if he did not repent. In all our discussion, he never grasped the message from God’s word that I tried to present to him. It was heartbreaking. I was concerned for him.

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Last week I got a message from a friend. In this message I learned that this young man who seemed so blind to truth was now walking with the Lord and doing good works even ministering to others.

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You know what happened? The Lord gave him spiritual eyes to see.He gave the blind sight.

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You may be praying for someone now, who is lost without Christ, praying for a person who seems to have no interest in the Lord. IF so, know this. Jesus gives sight to the blind. Don’t stop praying that Jesus will give sight to the person, open their eyes to spiritual truth and believe.

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6 “I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; \nI will take you by the hand and keep you; \n I will give you as a covenant for the people, \na light for the nations, \n 7 to open the eyes that are blind, \n to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, \nfrom the prison those who sit in darkness. (Isaiah 42:6–7)

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There is another thing I want to say regarding spiritual sight. Even after salvation, we are still dependent on the Lord for spiritual understanding and this too is often referred to in terms of seeing or sight.

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We may not, as believes be spiritually blind but we are still in need of spiritual enlightenment. Let me show you this from Ephesians chapter 1.

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At the end of Ephesians 1 Paul begins to pray for the church. He had just given them some difficult spiritual truths to think on. He had described their salvation, how God had chosen them, how Christ had saved them, how the Holy Spirit and been given to them as a guarantee of their inheritance.

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He had given them a lot of truth and then all of a sudden he stops and prays for them. Here is his prayer.

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15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. (Ephesians 1:15–23)

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Paul asks that the eyes of their hearts be enlightened. The heart was thought of as relating to thinking, not emotion the way we may think of it today, but thinking. Paul was praying that their spiritual eyes would be open to truth. That their dim thinking would become clear. He wanted them to know truth and knowing truth was described in terms of the eyes and sight.

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God can give us sight, spiritual insight to understand truth and we need that.

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And so we see in our passage today that God can and did make the physically blind see. This gives us hope and assurance that he can also give sight to the spiritually blind and that he can further enlighten our eyes to more and more spiritual truth.

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Pray for the lost…Jesus can give them spiritual insight and don’t despair over your own confusion pray instead that He will enlighten you understanding of truth.

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27 And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” 28 When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” 29 Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.” 30 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, “See that no one knows about it.” 31 But they went away and spread his fame through all that district. (Matthew 9:27–31)

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