The Blind Man Cried Mercy

In the gospel of Luke 18:35-43 is the story of the blind beggar who sat along the roadside begging to help support his family. On a day that began like any other day; Jesus came to his town and passed near where the blind man was sitting. As Jesus drew near; the crowd around him began to make a lot of noise. The beggar who couldn’t see what was going on knew something out of the ordinary was happening near him. He inquired and someone told him Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. Upon hearing the news the blind man yelled at the top of his lungs, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And the crowd who was making all the noise that caught his attention, now reveals its selfish nature by telling the blind man to be quiet. Can you imagine that? It was okay for the crowd to shout, but not the blind man. The insistence of the crowd that he be quiet only caused the blind man to yell all the louder, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Over the noise of the crowd, Jesus heard a faint voice calling out to him, pleading for mercy. He commands the man who is pleading for mercy be brought to Him. When the blind man appears; Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man replied, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.” Jesus didn’t assume He knew what the man wanted Him to do; so He asked. Most people would assume that because the man was blind, he would want to receive his sight, but Jesus knowing how men think, knew the man might possibly ask for something other than the restoration of his sight. So He commanded the man to tell Him specifically what he wanted the Lord to do for him. Here is a lesson on how prayer works. Tell the Lord what you specifically want Him to do for you. If you need a hundred thousand dollars, tell Him so. Don’t just tell Him you need some money to pay bills. The blind man said, “That I may receive my sight.” He didn’t include his need to see in a catch all phrase of healing for his body. When someone asks us to pray for them; many times we think we know what their needs are and just start praying for them according to our assumption. But the truth is; we don’t know what people’s needs are unless they tell us what they want prayer for. So Jesus asked the obivious question, “What do you want me to do for you?”  When the man stated his request; Jesus said to the man, “Receive your sight: your faith has made you well. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him glorifying God.” God isn’t the God of assumption. He is the God of specifics. Before you pray your next prayer, think about what your real needs are, then ask God to meet them, and He will. The blind man could have asked for a healing for a hangnail, so Jesus didn’t assume He knew what the man wanted just because the man was blind. The healing of a hangnail would not have met his need even though it would have cured a pain. Once the blind man’s eyesight was restored; he could now take care of his family, instead of being dependent upon them. So his lack of sight was the root cause of his inability, and once it was restored his life changed completely. The hangnail would have been a bothersome annoyance for a while; and had he asked for a healing of it instead of asking for his sight, he would have went home with the same inability to take care of his family as when he sat down by the road that morning.

If the blind man had listened to the crowd telling him to be quiet that day; he would have missed out on his miracle. The man had a great need, so he shouted until he got the attention of the Lord. There is a lesson here to be learned from the blind man. People will tell you to stop believing God for your needs because He is not interested in us. Nothing could be further from the truth. The crowd of people in this story represents the types of poeple who attend the modern church. Those who are there for the show, and those who will try to block you from receiving your miracle. But despite the efforts of the crowd; Jesus still heard the distressed cry of the blind man begging for mercy. Folks, if the blind man had listened to the crowd that day, he would have went home in the same condition the rest of them did; empty handed. But, he didn’t listen to them, and he went home a happy man. This man was determined not to let his opportunity pass him by. Are we? He unashamedly did what he had to do to get the attention of Jesus and he received his sight for his efforts. When we have a great need; do we do what we have to do to get the attention of Jesus? Or, are we like the crowd of selfish people who was attempting to drown out the blind man’s cry for help? Do we just go and take up pew space in the church expecting nothing to happen just like these people were doing who lined the streets the day Jesus came to visit them? Jesus is present in our churches every Sunday to meet our needs, but not many people realize that why we have church, so most only come for the show? Don’t you know Jesus goes away sad every time we fail to get our needs met? Don’t you know He went throughout all the towns of Israel to meet the needs of every person in Israel, but the one’s who received their needs met was small compared the number of people who lived in Israel at the time. It’s the same way in our churches today. The number of Christians who receive their needs met is very very small compared to number of people who proclaim to be Christian. Jesus died so every man who lives on earth could have their needs met, but less than one tenth of one percent believe He wants to meet their needs. Those who believe; receive, just like the blind man. And those who don’t, go away with the same problems they had when they came – just like the crowd who lined the streets the day the blind beggar received his sight. DThrash


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