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This Week's Bulletin Article


     Matthew 9:27-31, And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, "Have mercy on us, Son of David." When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to him, "Yes, Lord." Then he touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith be it done to you." And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, "See that no one knows about it." But they went away and spread his fame through all that district (ESV).

     We are not given any information about how these men came to be blind. It could have been that they were born blind. They might have become blind due to sickness or because of some accident. Whatever the reason, we are able to understand on some level that their blindness would greatly impact certain areas of their lives.

     We do know that they greatly desired to be able to see. Matthew writes that they followed Jesus as he was leaving their town or region. We are not given a lot of detail - such as whether they had others helping them or if they were doing the best they could to try and keep up and catch up with Jesus. What is clear is that they were willing to do whatever it took to gain the ability to see.

     There are other reasons or means by which a person's vision may be impaired. You might have played a game in which someone is blindfolded and then must attempt a specific task which would be very easy to do if the person could see.

     That is usually the case when we spiritually apply this text to our own lives. Some people have been blindfolded by their parents or family. They grow up being told what to believe and they never question or investigate to see if those beliefs are in harmony with God's word.

     Others willfully blindfold themselves because they would rather please themselves than God. They may do it under the guise of "God wants me to be happy," but that is just another form of idolatry so that when we say "God" we really mean "I" or "me."

     Others have put on the blindfold of universalism. They want to think that everyone is "headed to the same place (heaven), we are all just taking different roads."

     The most important thing is that we honestly look at and think about what we believe. We must be able to know whether or not we are blind before we will ever consider crying out for sight. God tells us that his word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Psalm 199:105). The wise man wrote, Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). We also must honestly evaluate the way we are living to see if our words and actions correspond to the things we claim to believe. Biblical faith will lead a person to take action - not just any action, but those things that are given in God's word (see James 2:14-26).

     Are you spiritually blind or blindfolded? Let the word of God open your eyes and show you what you need to do. Let the Bible remove the spiritual blindfold from your eyes and direct you in the way of obedience and righteousness. Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25, There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death (ESV).

Greg Surles
Birdwell Lane church of Christ

Preacher: Greg Surles

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Teaching, Training and Transforming Lives Into
The Image of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29)