Two Blind Men & Jesus.

   This morning I was reading through Matthew chapters 6-10. I read this account in Matthew 9:27-31 about two blind men following Jesus crying out to Him saying, "Have mercy on us, Son of David." They were asking to receive their sight. Jesus asked them this very important question that is still important today: "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" (9:28) A few things come to my mind when I observe and meditate on this passage.

1. Faith is a matter of believing in Jesus' ability.
   That question that Jesus posed to these two blind men is a question we all need to ask. Do I believe? Do I have confidence in Jesus? The word "believe" means confidence in something or someone without having absolute proof. With that in mind, understand what Jesus is asking these two blind men: "Do you have confidence that I have the ability to heel you without having any absolute proof?"
   What is being questioned is not who Jesus is but in Jesus' ability. Ability means power, capacity or authority to do or act. Knowing that, the question becomes deeper: Are the blind men confident that Jesus has the capacity, the power and the authority to give them the sight they are crying out to Him for without having any proof He is able?
    These two blind men have never witnessed Jesus perform a miracle; they are blind. They probably have heard of a man named Jesus doing such acts but never witnessed His power for themselves. They were basing their petition of Jesus solely off hear say.

2. Faith must be in harmony with what we are asking for.
   Once they answered "yes" to Jesus' question, Jesus touched them and said this, "According to your faith be it done to you." (9:29) The word "according" means to be in agreement or harmony. These men could be healed if their belief in Jesus' ability was in agreement or harmony with their faith.
  "Faith" is belief not based on proof or confidence not based on proof. So Jesus is looking at these two men and telling them that their ability to believe in Himself will be what heals them. Jesus has the power, no doubt, but do they believe, do they have the faith in His ability to do as He says?
    The measure of our faith is the basis of Jesus' ability to work through us. If we pray for something but our faith does not agree or in harmony with what we ask, it will not work. Our faith must be as great as the request we make. It is why Jesus said in Matthew 21:21 & 22, "If you have faith and do not doubt...whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith." And in Mark 11:24, "whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."
     This is why the centurions daughter, the woman who had a discharge of blood for 12 years and these two blind men were all healed; their faith was in harmony with what they believed Jesus could do with their request. It is also the reason Jesus did very little in His hometown, "because of their unbelief" (Matt. 13:58). If we ask Jesus for the impossible we must believe the impossible can be done by His power.

3. Faith is not based off what you can see.
   These two blind men are a great example of what faith is. According to 2 Corinthians 5:7, faith is not based off sight. They are also a great example of how people come to have faith in Jesus. According to Romans 10:17, "faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ." Remember, they are having to base their belief in Jesus' ability off of what they have heard and not what they have seen. People still come to Jesus like this.
    Though people may see with the eye's in their head, they are blind with the eye's of their heart (John 12:40). It takes redeemed people, people who have had the eye's of their heart enlightened (Eph. 1:18), to go and tell people about Jesus. Since they cannot see him with the eye's that matter, the eye's of their heart, they must be told and then the eye's of their heart can be enlightened. For faith comes by hearing not by seeing. This is why, even though these men were blind, they could still have faith in Jesus' ability to perform their petition.


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