Summary: Blind Begger is healed. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Reading: Luke chapter 18 verses 31-43:
• Stevie Wonder (the blind singer) and Tiger Woods (the greatest golfer in the world);
• Meet up in a hotel dining room and start talking.
• Inevitably the conversation turns to golf and Tiger Woods;
• Is surprised to find out that Stevie Wonder, who is blind, has been playing golf for years.
• The golf pro can’t believe it.
• He wants some details so Stevie Wonder explains how he does it:
• “My caddy stands out in the middle of the fairway and calls out to me.
• I listen for the sound of his voice and play the ball towards him.
• Then when I get to where the ball lands, the caddy moves further down the green,
• Shouts out and I hit the ball again.
• Tiger Woods is obviously impressed but then he asks, “But how do you putt?”
• The famous singer replies:
“Well, I get my caddy to lean down in front of the hole;
And he calls to me with his head on the ground and his mouth just over the cup.
I just play the ball towards his voice.”
• Tiger Woods finds all this very amazing;
• And then asks Stevie Wonder if they can play a round sometime.
• Stevie agrees but says that because people don’t take him very seriously;
• He only plays for money and he never plays for less than $10,000 a hole.
• Tiger Woods thinks about it for a minute and then says,
• “OK, that’s serious money, but I’m up for it. When do we play?”
• To which Steve Wonder answers,
• “You name the night.”
Blindness dominates this latter chapter in Luke’s gospel:
• Last week when you looked at the Rich Young Ruler;
• There was nothing wrong with his natural eyesight.
• Someone said to Helen Keller;
• The deaf-blind American author, activist, and lecturer:
• “What a pity you have no sight!”
• To which she replied, “Yes, but what a pity so many have sight but cannot see!”
• This young ruler was physically okay but spiritually blind;
• He was unable to see what was hindering him from finding eternal life.
• Sadly, he was a man blinded to the true way of God by materialism.
• He loved the things of the world more than he loved the things of God!
• We read those tragic words; “He went away very sad for he had great wealth;
• Those who reject the call of Jesus Christ always leave sad! Be warned!
• The disciples were blind in their understanding regarding the way he would die.
• They could not understand how the Messiah would die;
Quote: William Barclay:
“The Jews were obsessed with the idea of a conquering king; they still clung to hope that he would let loose his power in Jerusalem and blast his enemies off the face of the earth.
Here is a great warning to ever listener. The human mind has a way of listening only to what it wants to hear. There are none so blind as those who refuse to see”.