27 And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, and “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” 28 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.” 29 Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.” 30 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, “See that no one knows about it.” 31 But they went away and spread his fame through all that district.” (Matthew 9:27–31 (ESV)
Matthew groups together nine stories containing ten specific miracles in chapters 8–9. There are three miracles in 8:1–17, teaching on true discipleship (8:18–22), and then three more miracles (8:23–9:8). This is followed by Jesus’ teaching on true discipleship (9:9–17), and finally three more miracle stories; one of which includes two miracles (9:18–33). Today, we examine the healing to two blind men.
Following the healing of Jairus’ daughter and the ill woman (vs. 18-26), Matthew chronicled Jesus’ healing of two blind men. Jesus had left Jairus’ home. It was then that two blind men followed Him. They were continually and actively crying out (κράζω; krazo) or screaming at the Lord. They were continually and actively saying, ““Have mercy on us, Son of David.”
The title Son of David is a Messianic one. These men were acknowledging, presumably because of what they heard about Jesus and His healings, that He was Immanuel or God incarnate. The pled for mercy (ἐλεέω; eleeo) or kindness for they were needy.
“Son of David” was the title of the Messiah, but in most expectations the Messiah was a political or military figure rather than a healer. But these blind men understand a connection between healing and Jesus’ identity that was not part of Jewish tradition. God ruled over blindness and sight (Ex 4:11; Prov. 20:12) and could answer prophets’ prayers to remove and restore human sight (2 Kings 6:18–20),” explains commentator Craig Keener.
When Jesus entered an unidentified house, the blind men followed. How they were able to know exactly where Jesus was is not explained. However they were able to find Jesus. Their persistence evidenced their faith in the deity of Christ.
Jesus asked both men, “Do you believe that I am able to do this” Jesus’ question focused not on their faith in His willingness to heal but rather His ability to heal. In other words, did they believe that He was the incarnate God who could restore their sight?
The men’s response indicated they did believe Jesus to be God. “They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” The word Lord (κύριος; kurios) means sovereign God. Matthew recorded that Jesus touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith be it done to you.” Immediately, they were able to see. Jesus’ touch displayed His sympathetic kindness.
Jesus then said, ““See that no one knows about it.” 31 But they went away and spread his fame through all that district.” Why did Jesus say this?
“In spite of Jesus’ warning to tell no one about this event, His fame continued to spread throughout the region (cf. v. 26; 12:16). His warning was probably given to keep multitudes from thronging to Him merely for the purpose of physical healing. While Jesus did heal many from physical diseases, His miracles were for the purpose of authenticating His claims. Jesus came primarily for spiritual healing, not physical healing,” explains the Bible Knowledge Commentary.
More to follow on Jesus’ ability to heal; not only in the past, but also in the present. Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Soli deo Gloria!