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Summary: Two blind men chase the Lord, begging to have their sight restored. Two men, humble, bold, believing.

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I. Introduction

A. Do you know the song "Yesterday"? Then sing along to this computer version. Yesterday, All those backups seemed a waste of pay. Now my database has gone away. Oh I believe in yesterday. Suddenly, There's not half the files there used to be, And there's a milestone hanging over me. The system crashed so suddenly. I pushed something wrong. What it was I could not say. Now all my data's gone and I long for yesterday-ay-ay-ay. Yesterday, The need for back-ups seemed so far away. I knew my data was all here to stay, Now I believe in yesterday.

1. Lets begin by turning to Matthew 9:27

B. This chapter seems to be loaded with miracles

1. Remember the paralyzed man whose friends tore up a roof to let the man down before Jesus?

a. In order that you might know that the Son of Man has the power to forgive sin, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “Take up your bed and walk.”

b. And the man walked.

2. Of course then Jesus called Levi and gave him the name Matthew

3. Matthew gave a dinner party to which came sinners and tax collectors

4. Jesus answered the question about fasting

a. "Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them?

5. Then there was the resurrection of Jairus’ daughter

6. And the healing of the woman with the issue of blood

7. And now we see the healing of two blind men

II. Body

A. Persistence

Matthew 9:27 NKJV

When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, "Son of David, have mercy on us!"

1. Apparently these two blind men had been sitting by the road side and heard what was going on

a. It could be that they heard the commotion and asked one in the crowd what was going on

b. Needless to say, they discovered the who, what, and how of the hubbub going on around them

c. Something happened within both of them

(1) A spark

(2) A hope

(3) A belief

d. And they both got up and began to follow Jesus

(1) The Scripture says, crying out and saying, “Son of David, have mercy on us.”

(a) Turn to Acts 1:15 and Acts 1:21-22

(2) Jesus usually had His disciples with Him

(a) And not necessarily just the twelve

Acts 1:15 NKJV

And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty), and said,

Acts 1:21-22 NKJV

"Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, {22} "beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection."

(b) We know that there were many who walked with the Lord all during His ministry on earth

(3) Further, it seems as though crowds of the curious were around Jesus often

2. Such crowds are noisy and so the blind men must have been shouting, “Son of David, have mercy on us.”

3. Notice, too, that they did everything they could to get their needs met

a. They followed Jesus

b. They shouted, “Son of David, have mercy on us.”

c. They would not let anything distract them fro their purpose

d. They were persistent

(1) Lets turn to Matthew 7:7-8

e. Jesus taught that we must be persistent

Matthew 7:7-8 NKJV

"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. {8} "For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

(1) This is hard to see in English, but this is in the Greek present tense which must be understood, keep on

(a) Ask and keep on asking

(b) Seek and keep on seeking

(c) Knock and keep on knocking

(2) With persistence

(a) What we ask will be given

(b) What we seek we shall find

(c) When we keep on knocking the door shall be opened

4. These men were blind

a. Turn to Romans 10:17

b. They could not see what Jesus was doing

c. They could only hear

(1) The lost, the unbeliever, are blind

(2) They cannot see

(3) They cannot understand

d. The lost, the unbeliever, can only hear.

Romans 10:17 NKJV

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

i) Turn to another passage, Luke 18:2-5

Luke 18:2-5 NKJV

saying: "There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. {3} "Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, 'Get justice for me from my adversary.' {4} "And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, 'Though I do not fear God nor regard man, {5} 'yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.'"

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