20/20 Vision

I have been concerned by the effect that my sinus pressure is having on my eyesight.  Maybe I am wrong, but it seems that since I have had fluid in my ear and pressure in my sinuses, my eye has had more floats and my vision has not been the same.  I can not imagine what it is like to be blind.  However, blind people often have senses that they have developed to compensate for their blindness.  The man in today’s story below was spiritually more acute than the ‘seeing’ people around him.  It seems that his spiritual senses worked just fine.  The irony emphasizes the lack of insight that the normal people who surrounded Jesus had.  Have you had some affliction that has made you more spiritually aware?

Luke 18:35-42

35 As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36 When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. 37 They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”

 38 He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

 39 Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

 40 Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, 41 “What do you want me to do for you?”

   “Lord, I want to see,” he replied.

 42 Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” 43 Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.

Questions

  1. What did the blind man ask originally?
  2. What title did the blind man give Jesus?
  3. How did Jesus’ actions show that the blind man clearly saw who he was?
  4. When have you been blind to God?  What were the effects?
  5. When has a hardship made you perception of Christ all the more clear?

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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