Friday, June 8, 2012

SIH’s Think On These Things: Healing Two Blind Men

The next miracle in our series is healing twp blind men …This miracle is recorded for us in Matt 9:27-31

Here, we find the Lord being followed by two blind men who desired to be healed of their blindness… It is interesting to note the request that they make to Christ… “Thou Son of David, have mercy on us.”  They understood that, for Christ to act on their behalf, and heal them of their blindness, would require an act of mercy on His behalf.  Christ then responds to their request asking them “Believe ye that I am able to do this?”  They reply, “Yea, Lord. “  Then, as He heals their blindness, He says “According to your faith be it unto you” and “Jesus straitly charged them , saying  See [that] no man  know [it].

But they, in their excitement and gratitude, told others about His greatness and all He had done for them.

Why did the Lord, on this and many other occasions (Matt 8:4, Matt 12:16, Matt 17:9, Mark 5:43, Luke 5:14, Luke 8:56) tell the recipients of His gracious intervention and miraculous act on their behalf?  It is important to understand that in this occasion, and all the other occasions where He said this, He was very serious and sincere.  The word for “straitly charged” means to sternly warn, to seriously command, some have even said it implies “an angry tone of warning”.  Of one thing we can be certain. He was very serious about this command.  Why would He not want others to speak of these miraculous works on their behalf?  

There could be many reasons, many of which I do not understand. But one thing of which I am certain…these repeated requests clearly help us to understand that when Christ performed these miracles He was not being motivated by selfish gain of any kind.  Whether it would be to desire a great following of people; the praise, worship and adoration of those who would be impressed by His “paranormal” powers; or simply to become famous among the people of His nation; in any case, we can plainly see these were not His motivations.  On the contrary, He healed those in need, only motivated by love and concern for the needy as well as a constant desire to do the will of His Father in heaven.

Do we self sacrificially work to meet the needs of others around us?  And if so, can we honestly say that we are doing it out of pure selfless motives?  It is so easy to perform benevolent acts motivated by self-serving desires.  By God’s grace, let us seek to serve Him out of true hearts of love and compassion for the needy around us?

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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