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Lesson # Matt. 20:32-34
Study Material - Matt. 20:32-34
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32 And [kai] Jesus [Iesous] stood still [histemi] , and called [phoneo] them [autos] , and [kai] said [epo] , What [tis] will ye [thelo] that I shall do [poieo] unto you [humin] ?
33 They say [lego] unto him [autos] , Lord [kurios] , that [hina] our [hemon] eyes [ophthalmos] may be opened [anoigo] .
34 So [de] Jesus [Iesous] had compassion [splagchnizomai] on them, and touched [haptomai] their [autos] eyes [ophthalmos] : and [kai] immediately [eutheos] their [autos] eyes [ophthalmos] received sight [anablepo] , and [kai] they followed [akoloutheo] him [autos] . KJV-Interlinear
32 And Jesus stopped and called them, and said, 'What do you want Me to do for you?' 33 They said to Him, 'Lord, we want our eyes to be opened.' 34 And moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him. NAS
Borrowing again from the parallel passages in Luke 18 and Mark 10, we see that the one man, Bartimaeus, threw off his cloak and headed for Jesus, when Jesus instructed the disciples to bring the blind men over to Him (Jesus). He, or rather both men were motivated to be sure.
Jesus restores their sight and they shout out glories to God for their good fortune, their eyesight having been restored. The restoration implies that they once had sight, lost it and now they regained it, which is an interesting view because there are many believers in Christ who come to Christ at salvation, maybe advance in their spiritual life, but generally lose interest and fade away from having God in their life. This is a blindness of soul and is illustrated perfectly by these two blind men.
When one is blind there is a definite handicap to the life. Try closing your eyes or blindfolding yourself tightly (no cheating) and living your life for a week. Most of us couldn't function for an hour, but this is what the spiritual life is like when your attitude goes astray from Bible study.
Even in the most modest sense. Any fading at all will cause greater problems in the life. Matt 6:23, 'But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.' So do not fool your self into thinking that you can get away with little indiscretions in your life. One little tempt leads to another, and to another. You think that you have control over your life, but as the darkness of soul begins to cover your spiritual sight, then your ability to discern fades as well. You do not realize it until problems overwhelm you.
Those who are positive toward God are alive with motivation when opportunity comes along such that they might be able to see again (spiritually). If you lack motivation, then perhaps there is something wrong with your perspective of life or of a spiritual life. Revisiting the question of just why you are studying Bible doctrine in the first place, might be in order. We all should review our personal life from time to time.
There are three other concepts in this story. First, this is yet another powerful and dramatic demonstration of Gods compassion for mankind, and is proof of Jesus' credentials to be the Messiah. Second, this story is a preview of the millennial kingdom, when life spans will be lengthened to a thousand year ages, and there will be freedom from sickness, disease, and other physical afflictions. Third, His healings were a symbolic picture of His healing of spiritual blindness. What He did for blind eyes was a portrayal of what He desires to do for blind souls.
Last, Jesus states that their 'faith' made them see, Mk. 10:49+, which indicates their spiritual status. Note that the faith itself is not the mechanism of the healing. Jesus healed many a person who was not saved, and many a person who had little if any faith. The dead were raised, the infants were healed, and they had no faith at all simply because of their physical state. Faith gives us confidence, the man threw off his cloak and ran to Jesus. The man was blind, but his motivation was more powerful than his handicap. Too often people allow their handicaps to keep them from accomplishing anything in life. And handicaps are not just limited to physical handicaps, a lack of self esteem can be a handicap which prevents one from moving forward in life.
The issue here is God, Gods essence, and Gods desire for each one of us. God does all the work. We do nothing. Often times we are the biggest hindrance to our getting anywhere in our spiritual life, or anywhere else in life for that matter.
If God wills something to be, then the crowd, the handicap, the space between the man and Jesus are not issues. With God anything is possible. However, if you place barriers in your life, if you persist in allowing those little compromises to exist and to grow into other compromises, then you will face constant problems. You'll end up on the side of the road (life), blind (spiritually), while the world passes you by. That will only lead to self pity, frustration, anger, hate and even the taking of irrational actions on your part (jeopardizing self and others).
The blind men once could see, but they went blind. Don't allow your spiritual life to fade as their sight faded. Only great hardships arise out of that kind of attitude. Examine yourself now and examine yourself often to insure that 'you' are on the right track. Don't make up excuses or use someone else's, life to justify your not doing what is right, just because they don't do the right thing. We all have to live 'our' own life in the proper way. Remember that it is your own personal eternal pay check you are designing here, not someone else's.
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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