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Lesson # Matt. 20:29-31
Study Material - Matt. 20:29-31
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29 And [kai] as they [autos] departed [ekporeuomai] from [apo] Jericho [Hiericho] , a great [polus] multitude [ochlos] followed [akoloutheo] him [autos] .
30 And [kai] , behold [idou] , two [duo] blind men [tuphlos] sitting [kathemai] by the way [hodos] side [para] , when they heard [akouo] that [hoti] Jesus [Iesous] passed by [parago] , cried out [krazo] , saying [lego] , Have mercy [eleeo] on us [hemas] , O Lord [kurios] , thou Son [huios] of David [Dabid] .
31 And [de] the multitude [ochlos] rebuked [epitimao] them [autos] , because [hina] they should hold their peace [siopao] : but [de] they cried [krazo] the more [meizon] , saying [lego] , Have mercy [eleeo] on us [hemas] , O Lord [kurios] , thou Son [huios] of David [Dabid] . KJV-Interlinear
29 And as they were going out from Jericho, a great multitude followed Him. 30 And behold, two blind men sitting by the road, hearing that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, 'Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!' 31 And the multitude sternly told them to be quiet; but they cried out all the more, saying, 'Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!' NAS
Comparing Mark and Luke, Jesus here is passing through Jericho. Having finished his ministry on the east side of the Jordan River, He had crossed over the river and was proceeding to Jerusalem where in just a few short weeks He would be arrested, charged, tried in six different courts, and hung on the Cross with the shouts of the public 'mob.' The same shouts as these two blind men were doing as Jesus passed them.
One of the blind men is named in Mark 10:46 , 'a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus.' Since Mark wrote his book many years later, this man appears to have continued in his spiritual life with some degree of success. Otherwise his name probably would not have been mentioned. The other man is not named.
As these two blind men were sitting along the road, begging for money or food, they heard the commotion of the crowd traveling by. They must have heard someone speaking or they asked what was going on and they learned that it was Jesus, the Son of David, who was passing by. They shouted to Him. Their shouts were of a 'desperate calling out' nature, and 'anguished' shout. This is their only chance to get healed perhaps. This same word for 'cried out' will be used for the crowd who will shout (with tremendous passion) for the crucifixion of Christ, later in Jerusalem. So these two men were now having their perhaps one and only chance, to see the man whom all the news they have heard about. And He was passing by them right now.
Though blind and destitute, they know His name. They know His family. They know His title - Son of David. They know their scriptures to some extent. They certainly know His reputation of healing any and all that meet Him. Here is their chance. It is not a time to be timid. They shout out desperately.
The crowd tries to make them be quite. If you have ever been in the 'big' city, and walking down the street, you'll no doubt see or hear various homeless types shouting or raving. Speaking to no one in particular, and when this occurs within ear shot of an organized event, then it can be embarrassing. The folks around just want them to be silent. So it is with this crowd. But these two men were not ranting and raving incoherently. They were calling out to Jesus, Lord, Son of David. These men were poor for sure, but not because of their lack of mental capacity. They did know their doctrine to some extent.
The crowd? The crowd was on a mission with Jesus. They were all going to Jerusalem to bring in the new kingdom! Or so they thought. No time now to be slowed down by two blind guys. This was quite a large crowd too. They had been traveling with Jesus. They had been receiving their healings as it were. They were better off than these two blind men.
And, has anyone remembered what the subject of teaching just covered was? They were passing by two men who were in need of help. They had among them (Jesus) the means of providing help. They knew from past experience that the healing power of Jesus Christ was instantaneous. What could they lose with a momentary pause in their travel?
Jesus Christ is the pattern of the spiritual life. This does not exclude mans interactions with other people. You are not to simply 'think' your way to heaven and render total disregard for others. We are to be responsible in our daily lives. We have already studied the three main areas of responsibility expected of us.
The world will set limitations on our time. The world will set priorities on our time and energy and the world will lead us into a hurry up mode which makes it inconvenient to pause to help others, even when you have the means to help.
We should never be too preoccupied to be compassionate, never in too much of a hurry to help others, never under too much 'self' orientation to be insensitive to the needs of others. Life is too short to disregard the needs of others. We have all of eternity ahead of us to have our 'fun,' but this life is where we arrange our thinking and attitude toward others. There won't be any poor in heaven, so the opportunity to be charitable is now, not in eternity.
There is nothing in this life that is more important than advancing in ones spiritual life. Sure we all have our daily schedules, but we can all find time to invest in our spiritual lives, and more important, apply the principles we learn in Bible study to our daily lives.
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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