Lesson 167-October 28, 2018
Lesson: “Will I Say, ‘Yes, Lord’?”
Scripture: Matthew 9:27-31
Lesson Goal: To better understand the validation of Jesus’ Messiahship as He heals two blind men.
Introduction: Following the raising of Jairus’ daughter, both Mark and Matthew tell us that He left and journeyed back to “His hometown.” As He journeyed, Matthew offers us the account of two blind men ap- proaching Jesus with the desire to be healed of their blindness.
“Blindness was common in ancient times, as it still is in most undeveloped parts of the world. The fact that Jesus healed more cases of blindness than any other kind of disease reflects its pervasiveness. Unsanitary con- ditions, infections organisms, blowing sand, accidents, war, malnutrition, and excessive heat all combined to make blindness a constant danger. Many infants were born blind because of various diseases suffered by the mother during pregnancy, and many others became blind a few days after birth by being exposed to disease, especially gonorrhea, as they passed through the birth canal. It was not uncommon for blind people to associ- ate with others who were blind” (MacArthur).
Please read Isaiah 35:5-6.
Question: What does these verses from Isaiah teach us?
Isaiah in speaking words of prophesy concerning the Messiah.
(v27) There is no doubt that the word had spread concerning Jesus. His reputation had spread throughout the villages, towns, countryside, and region.
Question: What do you think was being said by the people throughout the area concerning this man called Jesus?
Question: What do you thing the religious authorities were saying about Jesus?
It is not spoken or written of in this passage but obviously someone had assisted these two men as they sought out Jesus.
Question: What is the opposite of assisting someone to Jesus?
Question: By our words, attitudes, and actions are we (you) assisting people to Jesus or are we (you) hinder- ing people from coming to Jesus?
Question: How are we (you) helping others to find Jesus?
“crying out and saying”, ‘Son of David, have mercy on us’.”
In their need they “cried out” to Jesus. The literal meaning is “to scream.”
Question: Are we (you) willing to cry out to Jesus in our (your) need? If your answer is no than I would offer that perhaps you have never been in desperate need.
In this verse (v27), “this is the first time in the book of Matthew that someone besides Matthew calls Jesus the ‘Son of David’. A title that takes us all the way back to Matthew 1:1 where Matthew introduced Jesus ‘as the Son of David’.” (Platt)
For these two blind men (physically blind) they were able to see in ways that many of the religious leaders could not. (Please explain the previous statement).
In Jesus the blindmen found a hope, a great Hope!! Question: Where do people place their hope today?
Question: Where do you place your hope today?
(v27) Please notice what the men requested of Jesus!
(v28) In the privacy of the house, Jesus speaks to the men with compassion and care. Jesus straightforwardly ask the men, “Do you believe I am able to do this?”
Question: Jesus questioned these two men about their faith to believe that He was able to do this. Notice that Jesus knew their need without them identifying it. Do you believe Jesus is able to meet your need? Obviously Jesus could see that they were blind but their request and need went way beyond their physical blindness. They had requested mercy from Jesus. Jesus asked “do you believe that I am able to do this?”
Their answer, “Yes, Lord.” My friends as you read and study this Life Focus lesson I do not know your cir- cumstances of life; but I do know that there are many hurting and suffering people among us. Today as you read this lesson do you believe that Jesus is able to meet your needs? Do you have faith and hope in Him?
Is your answer. “Yes, Lord?” I truly wish my answer was always “Yes, Lord,” to Jesus. But there are times when I struggle in my battles. My faith wants to be strong but in my flesh I am often very weak. In these mo- ments I must honestly say, “Yes, Lord,” but still help my unbelief!
(v29) When these men said, “Yes, Lord,” Jesus touched their eyes and they were opened. The humble, bold faith of these men as they put their faith in Him by the authority of Jesus’ power and touch brought sight to their blind eyes.
(v30) The men were instructed not to tell how this had happened for with each miracle announced and wit- nessed the “stake for Jesus’ opponents” increased! (Weber)
(v31) The men could not contain themselves as they told what had happened everywhere they went throughout the country.
With each story of Jesus’ power, with each witness of Jesus’ Messiahship, the hostilities grew more intense by Jesus’ opposition. WHY?