Summary: Miracle of Faith, Pt. 4
BELIEVING IS SEEING (MATTHEW 9:27-31)
Helen Keller, the much beloved blind, deaf and dumb American author, envisioned what she would most like to see if she could see for just three days. In her article “Three Days to See,” she wrote that she would like to see those she loved on the first day - to look deeply and lovingly into the faces of people whose kindness, gentleness and companionship have made her life worth living, including her teacher, Ann Sullivan, all her dear friends and even her loyal dogs. At the end of the day, she would take a long walk in the woods to enjoy the countryside and at night watch the lights burn in darkness at home.
The next day, she would walk through museums to view past and present history, then visit art museums to study artistic expression and examine great carvings, sculptures and paintings and cap it by attending a theatre, a movie, a dance, or a play at night.
And on the last day Keller would head for the city to gaze at its bridges, towers, and people and then stand at a busy corner, merely to look at people to understand something of their lives, their smiles, joy, determination and even suffering. At the end of the last day she would go window shopping, walk the streets, and visit all the possible neighborhoods she could.
Blind people can live productive lives today, but not in Jesus’ time. In Matthew 9, Jesus healed two blind men who were prepared for the encounter, patient in their pursuit and practical in their faith.
Is there such a thing as blind faith? Why does God expect disadvantaged people to come to Him in faith just like everyone else? How does faith help sufferers transform from victims to victors in life?
Search the Scriptures
27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, "Have mercy on us, Son of David!" (Matt 9:27)
A man went to see the Pope as he was visiting in Europe. There was a huge crowd of people there but he managed to get through. He watched as the Pope stopped every once in a while to whisper something in their ear. He was dressed in his best suit because he really wanted the Pope to talk to him but, as the Pope came up to him, he walked right by and stopped by a guy near him who was homeless and dressed in rags.
So, the man said to himself, “I know why he stopped at him, he’s homeless!” So the man paid the homeless guy 50 dollars to use his clothes and he went back the next day. Well, this time the Pope stopped at him, leaned over, and whispered to the excited man, “I thought I told you to get out of here yesterday!”
For all their setbacks, the two blind men more than made up for their physical handicap and personal disability with their theological inspiration, clear understanding and deep insight. They were theologians, historians and psalmists (Ps 9:13, 51:1, 57:1, 86:3, 86:16, 119:132, 123:3) without peer. Unknown to others, they had no firewall, blinders or handicap in their interpretation of and insight into Scripture. The title “Son of David” is a significant expression in Matthew’s gospel, where it appears ten times, more than all other gospels combined. Nowhere else in the Gospels receives as much as coverage. The title appears four times in Luke (3:31, 18:38-39, 20:41) and thrice in Mark (Mk 10:47-48, 12:35), but none in John. Matthew revealed that the blind men were pioneers in recognizing, uncovering and announcing Jesus as the Expected Son of David to his fellow Jews. They were blind but they were well-informed, well-versed and well-prepared.