Advent: December 4

Advent: December 4

Matthew 9:27-31

27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, ‘Have mercy on us, Son of David!’ 28 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, ‘Do you believe that I am able to do this?’

‘Yes, Lord,’ they replied.

29 Then he touched their eyes and said, ‘According to your faith let it be done to you’; 30 and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, ‘See that no one knows about this.’ 31 But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.

Two blind men heard that Jesus was in the area. As Jesus left, they followed – not the easiest of tasks when you’re blind. But they were resolute and determined. What were they after – what were they constantly shouting out for? A miracle of healing? The restoration of their sight?

No, they were after mercy.

Yes, of course they wanted healing, but they figured that mercy was what they needed first in order for their sight to be restored. The second of the Ten Commandments says quite clearly that God will continue punishment of the sins of the parents to their children, indeed to the third or fourth generation. The men may have believed that they were under punishment. They wanted the punishment lifted.

In begging Jesus for mercy, they acknowledged Jesus’ godly nature and his divine right to exercise mercy. To my mind, that was faith enough! It followed that they believed that Jesus could do it! Their lifetime loss of sight was restored with a touch from Jesus. What blabbermouths they were!

Is God cruel to punish to the fourth generation? How does God treat those who keep his laws?

Putting it another way – are the children of sinners innocent?

Did Jesus consider the two blind men as needing mercy?

What do you really believe Jesus is able to do?

Father God, You do not want the taint of sin to hang over my life. You are a gracious and merciful God, and you desire that I turn from whatever keeps me from you. Because of your mercy, and forgiveness through Jesus, I turn away from these and dare to claim forgiveness. Thank you, Father. Amen.