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Lesson # Matt. 9:27-31
Study Material - Matt. 9:27-31
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
27 And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out, and saying, 'Have mercy on us, Son of David!' 28 And after He had come into the house, the blind men came up to Him, and Jesus said to them, 'Do you believe that I am able to do this?' They said to Him, 'Yes, Lord.' 29 Then He touched their eyes, saying, 'Be it done to you according to your faith.' 30 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, 'See here, let no one know about this!' 31 But they went out, and spread the news about Him in all that land.
The two blind men were not daily readers of the scriptures. They had not observed the miracles of Jesus. They had not even seen Jesus. What is remarkable about them? Two things.
First they believe in that which they have not seen, which is a great contrast between them and the other folks in the masses who are following Jesus, as well as a contrast between them and the Pharisees who should be the ones who recognize Jesus for who He really is. And second, once they receive their sight, they should be more focused on the words of Jesus. He gives them a stern command not to go out and tell others of their new blessing. They disobey.
This is different from the leper who was given instructions to go to the priest, in effect announcing that Christ has arrived on scene. These instructions to the blind men was to prevent their announcement that here is the genie and source of blessings. Merely come to Him and you will get your wish. Wrong. Not all who come to Christ will receive what they want. Not all come in faith.
They recognize Jesus as the Son of David. A reference to the Davidic Dynasty. Out of which the savior would come, as well as the eternal ruler and the eternal life of that dynasty.
These men were blind. How much scripture had they read? None. Not sure if braille was around in those days. I suspect that they couldn't find a copy of the scriptures online back then. They contrast all the experts of the day. Those experts who in just a few more verses will begin to accuse Jesus of working for Satan. Those same experts who can see and hear the truth, but refuse to accept it.
Psa. 72:12, teaches us that God is merciful and compassionate. These experts have all the advantages, all the written documents, all the background, the education, their ability to read and write, and so forth. The blind men have none of these. Often times ones IQ can get in the way with common sense and discernment. Don't think that unusual talents, IQ, status and so forth are advantages in life. They can be huge hindrances.
The Pharisees should have been happy that these cures were now available to the many people who were hurting. They could care less. They thought only of their own status and selfish interest in the public eye. If people receive blessings we should celebrate that, rather than devising hate and implacable attitudes against them.
The fact that one might receive a blessing does not mean that all will receive that same blessing. The issue in life is not the blessing, but the source. God treats us all differently. If I won a pot of gold, I should keep it to myself and not flaunt it for others to see. There is nothing to be gained by it, and if all did not win a similar pot of gold, then they would become bitter or envious. That is not the purpose of the spiritual life, nor the intent of blessing.
If you are blessed, then you need to be happy of course. You need to continue to emphasize the source, Jesus Christ. You need to look to the source of your faith, daily Bible study. It is faith that is blessed, not the person making the petition.
Anyone can ask God for help. Unbelievers ask all the time. Their prayers go unanswered. Any believer can ask for help or for things. Most believers lack faith, that is, they lack spiritual growth. Wishful emotional petitions with tears do not equate with faith. Faith comes only through the daily intake of the Word of God - daily Bible study (in fellowship I might add).
To be blessed and then somehow imply to others that if they follow your same path, then they will receive the same blessing, is misleading. All believers are different. Each of us is unique. God has a distinct plan for each of our lives. My blessings and your blessings will be different.
Likewise, if you continue to advance in your spiritual life, and continue to ask for 'things', and do not receive them, then there are a couple of reasons why you have not received them. First and obvious, they are not compatible with Gods plan for your life or for human history. Second, the timing in your life is not yet right for them. Third (I know I said a couple), God has something better for you. Hummm, that is an interesting thought! Fourth, will you be discouraged in your Bible study if you do not get what you want? Fifth, who knows better, you or God?
Once you receive blessings of any type. Do not follow it up with disobedience. Stay the course in your daily Bible study. Do not imply that you are some sort of super spiritual person. If you do not receive the blessing that you feel you should have, then likewise do not become disobedient. Stay the course, etc., etc., etc.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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