Matthew 20:29-34 What Do You Want Me To Do For You?

29 As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him. 30 Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”

31 The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”

32 Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.

33 “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.”

34 Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him.

“What do you want me to do for you?”

Jesus, I am blind and I want more sight.  I am sick and I would like to be well.  Sin has affected me in ways of which I am unaware.  “What do you want me to do for you?”  That is a question we all have to answer.  Firstly, I do believe that you are alive.  You can help me.  You have the power.  Will you help me, though?  Sometimes it seems like we are playing guess what is in the teacher’s head.  “What do you want to do in me?” would be my reply.  Then I would expect, “No.  No clues.”  If I spoke from my heart, though, what would I say?  I want security, stability, and acceptance.  I want freedom from anxiety.  I want my children to know you in ways that I have found hard to grasp.  I want my mother to sleep through the night.  I want my wife to be well and rested.  I want my small group to center their whole lives around you.  I want to teach well and be confident of my teaching.  However, I am afraid to ask for these things.  Somehow I believe that they will all be withheld, unless through them I find you.  You are the ultimate desire of my heart.  I want to experience you moment by moment as closely as a man experiences his friend as they walk down the street together.  I want to know moment by moment confidence and an awareness of the power behind me.  I am reminded of the Gruffalo.  A mouse appears to be scaring all the other woodland creatures because they are really afraid of the monstrous Gruffalo stood behind him.  So I want the effects of the one who lives within me to outstrip my own meager efforts.

Touch me so that I may receive my sight and follow you.

Questions

  1. What do the blind men want from Jesus?
  2. Why does Jesus ask the blind men to voice what is blatantly obvious?
  3. How does Jesus respond to the desires of the men?
  4. What do you want Jesus to do for you?
  5. Why don’t you tell him?
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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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