Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.” Matthew 11:4-5
One morning I read about what it meant to be “blind” in Old Testament times. Back then, being blind was fairly common. The sun, desert sand and wind inflamed the eyes and the blind were some of the most helpless members of society. Helping the blind and lame was the sign of a righteous Israelite.
When I was little “helping a blind man or old lady across the street” was considered a good deed!
In later Old Testament times, blindness was a sign you were cursed by God and considered sinful or disobedient. This was the culture in which Jesus lived. Giving sight to the blind was a messianic sign, so when he healed people’s eyes, it was a statement. He was saying:
This awes me. God has put us on this planet “post-Jesus” and what an excellent thing! We can praise God and shout for joy that this is the time in which we live. Although this world is still filled with violence, wickedness and sin, we have been bought back.
Here’s what the prophet says in Isaiah 35:1-6…
The desert and the parched land will be glad;
the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom;
it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
they will see the glory of the Lord,
Strengthen the feeble hands,
steady the knees that give way;
say to those with fearful hearts,
he will come with vengeance;
he will come to save you.”
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened
and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
Then will the lame leap like a deer,
and the mute tongue shout for joy.
Water will gush forth in the wilderness
and streams in the desert.
Wow. This is for us! We who believe in Jesus, should be filled with joy, but it’s easy to let the troubles of this world blind us. I’ve been guilty of this myself, but now my eyes are opened – I was blind but now I see.
Your Turn: What (if anything) have you been blind to before?