1 September 2019

Leviticus 21:16–24, Matthew 20:29–34, 1 Corinthians 1:26–29

Even today people struggle with blindness. Granted, today those who are blind have legal protections, braille, technology, and acceptance that wasn’t part of other cultures. In the New Testament era, the only “job” the blind could get was begging. Doesn’t sound very fulfilling or enjoyable.

Our story in Matthew takes place on ’ last journey to Jerusalem. Whether the large crowd was only because of or also because of the approaching Holy Days is somewhat up for discussion. Regardless, though, the blind men were probably looking to having a more ful attempt at begging, due to the emotional high that people would have had, and the affiliation of almsgiving with Holy Days.

Instead, they hear is coming. They probably had al heard the stories of the miracles he performed. That would be near them would be exciting and would be -filled. They cried out, but the crowd tried to silence them. Some commentators take a symbolic view of this. The crowd is the world (and Satan) trying to drown out the coming salvation of . The blind men, like Christians, have to overcome the world to . It might be taking a few too many liberties, but the reality is these men overcame the crowd.

In all likelihood, this was not behavior for them. They would generally be meek so as to not be bullied. Yet, they went for it. They took the risk. Opposed the crowd. They could now see.

The weak. Foolish desires. The despised. Yet, heard their cries and healed them. notes that the world has a different form of evaluation and valuing people than the Kingdom of .

1) What have your thoughts been (whether now or in the past) of people who were not fully as capable ( or mental) as you?

2) People are quick to value people based upon their bodies. Why do you think that is?

3) Why do you think concludes with, “…so that no one may boast in his presence…”?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.