13 Two Blind Men
TWO BLIND MEN
Matthew 9:27-31 (NIV)
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 will 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.
1. Identify as completely as possible the person in need (e.g., age, ethnic origin, religion, gender, social status).
2. What was the immediate, obvious need?
3. Who took the initiative in effecting the healing?
The person in need?
Others? ~. Jesus?
How was it expressed?
4. Describe the actions or process leading to the healing; that is, what was said (e.g., questions, requests, commands) and what was done (e.g., approaching, following, touching, publicly/privately), and by whom?
5. Did the person in need or someone else verbally express faith? Non-verbally? Describe how and by whom faith was involved in this healing.
6. What were the evidences that the person was healed?
7. What were the reactions to the healing?
8. What in this narrative led Jesus to minister healing to the person in need?
1. Matthew describes the blind men as following Jesus and going indoors with him. How do you think they were able to do this, being blind? Even to knowing who Jesus was? What does this tell you about Jesus' reputation for healing?
2. As in some other healing accounts, these men don't directly ask for healing, but for mercy (the Jesus Prayer)? Do you think this implies some sense of their needing forgiveness, or is it just another way of asking for healing?
3. Jesus, upon touching their eyes, says, "according to your faith ........ " When we pray we may say,
"according to Your will." Considered together, what might these two expressions be saying?
4. When we appeal to Jesus for healing, should we wait for him to ask, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" so that we can answer, "Yes, Lord."?
5. What comments or instructions did Jesus express after the healing?
6. What lesson(s) have you learned about healing from this account?