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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

I wonder

Posted by Gary on March 13, 2007

Matthew 9:27-31 “As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” When He entered the house, the blind men came up 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, “It shall be done to you according to your faith.” And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them: “See that no one knows about this!” But they went out and spread the news about Him throughout all that land.”

In this passage Jesus, after healing these two blind men gives them a stern warning not to tell others what He did for them, as we see, they did just the opposite. I have often wondered as I have read this account what these men will find God thinks of their actions on the Judgment Day? Humanly we look at what they did and we tell ourselves, “They were so excited they couldn’t help it” or “They meant well” or “It resulted in more people hearing about Jesus”. Here we are doing what we so often do, make ourselves the center of our actions instead of God.

This passage brings us to a very simple yet vital question; does God mean things when He says them? Did Jesus mean it when He sternly warned them not to tell anyone about the healing? We are a people who often say things we don’t mean or at least don’t intend to follow through on. We must not think that God is like us. This passage tells us that Jesus warned these men “sternly”, isn’t a warning from the Son of God serious enough? Yet, the Bible qualifies an already serious word, “warned”, and tells us it was stern. Did Jesus mean it? Are we going to accuse the Savior of false humility? (Jesus really wanted them to go tell people but just didn’t want it to appear that He wanted them to). Where would you say you stand in your summation here, are you sympathetic toward these men or do you consider them disobedient?

It is interesting that Jesus will tell people to do the opposite when He wants them to as we find in the case of the demoniac of the Gerasenes:

Mark 5:18-20 “As He was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed was imploring Him that he might accompany Him. And He did not let him, but He said to him, “Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you.” And he went away and began to proclaim in Decapolis what great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed.”

When God gives us an instruction, He means what He says. He is not interested in our good intentions or rationalizations. Uzzah (2 Samuel 6:1-8) and Saul (1 Samuel 15) are two great examples of this.

We would do well to always take God at His simple Word, do what He says to do and refrain from that which He forbids us, emotions and our own thinking must not be allowed to lead us in the opposite direction of God’s expressed will.

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