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Summary: Blind Begger is healed. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: gcurley@gcurley.info)

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Reading: Luke chapter 18 verses 31-43:

Ill:

• 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:

(a).

• Last week when you looked at the Rich Young Ruler;

• There was nothing wrong with his natural eyesight.

Quote:

• 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!

(b).

• 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”.


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