29As Jesus and the disciples left the town of Jericho, a large crowd followed behind.30Two blind men were sitting beside the road. When they heard that Jesus was coming that way, they began shouting, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
31“Be quiet!” the crowd yelled at them.
But they only shouted louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
32When Jesus heard them, he stopped and called, “What do you want me to do for you?”
33“Lord,” they said, “we want to see!”34Jesus felt sorry for them and touched their eyes. Instantly they could see! Then they followed him.
As is so often the case, the people we think are blind, truly aren’t! The two blind men are shouting to the “Son of David”. Everyone at the time would have recognized the term as synonymous with “Messiah”. And these poor blind beggars, societal outcasts, weren’t just mumbling it, they were shouting it.
The reaction of the crowd is to shut them up. If we are truly being Christian, and openly acknowledging Jesus as our Lord and Savior, people are going to try to shut us up. We will be an embarrassment to some and a annoyance to others, but the crowds, especially the “in” crowds, will want us to be quiet. But we can’t be quiet just as these blind men weren’t quiet. I’m not saying we all have to be loud mouth “preachers”. If we live as good servants, and when we have the chance give the glory to Jesus, there will be plenty of people who want you to “stop preaching”.
Finally Jesus asks the men what they want and he restores their sight – “Then they followed him.” How many of us have had the same experience on the spiritual level. Jesus finally opened our eyes and the choice became obvious.
Lord, open my eyes more and more every day and help me to choose to follower you closer and closer, day after day. Beginner’s Online Bible Study *obbs*