“How Can You Not?”

Two Blind Men Healed- Matthew 9:27-30

Matthew 9:27-30And when Jesus departed thence — from the ruler’s house; two blind men, who probably had heard of His being there, and waited for His coming out; followed him — As he went through the streets, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us — The title which they here give him, shows that they believed him to be the Messiah; for, at this time, it was not only universally understood that the Messiah would be a descendant of David, but Song of Solomon of David was one of the names then ascribed to him by the Jews. 

As these men were blind, they could have no evidence of Christ’s miracles from their senses. They believed them, therefore, on the testimony of others who had seen them. Viewed in this light, their persuasion of Christ’s power to cure them was an exercise of faith highly commendable in them, and which reflected great honor upon Jesus.

The blind men came to him – That is, they followed him into the house. They showed a determination to persevere until they obtained what they asked.

Jesus asks, “Believe ye that I am able to do this?”- To work such a miracle. Though they had followed him and cried after him, yet he required of them an open profession of their faith in regard to his power.

They said unto him, Yea, Lord – We have no doubt of this. We came with that assurance: we have followed You with that belief. It was on this simple profession of their faith that the miracle was performed.

Then touched he their eyes.—This is the first recorded instance of the method which our Lord seems always to have adopted in the case of the blind, and, in part also, in that of the deaf. 

According to your faith … – That is, you have “believed” that you could be healed, be healed accordingly. Your faith covered the whole extent of the work respecting my power and the absolute restoration to sight, and that power is exerted accordingly, and your sight is restored.

Jesus straitly charged them, saying, see that no man know it. This was a very strict charge, and according to the signification of the word here used, it was given with great sternness of countenance, and severity of expression, in a very rough manner. The reasons for concealing the miracle are not very obvious nor is it recorded. Perhaps to shun all appearance of vain glory, or seeking popular applause; or He did not choose to be made more known by this miracle, or at this time, or by these men; He might have foreseen bad consequences; or to irritate the resentments of those against Him; or to keep the crowd from setting him up for a temporal king among them.

It would have been better for them to have obeyed His command of silence, their conduct is not to be commended: and yet their conduct is not without affording us means of inferring, how great is the effect which the power of Christ has on those who have experienced it. They spread abroad His fame in all that country. This they did, not in contempt of Christ and his orders; but rather out of gratitude, and through an honest zeal to spread his honor and glory. How could they not? Their eyes were just opened!

We have no such command to keep silent. If we have moved from death to life, and we were blind but now we see; how can we not tell all who will listen? I remember the exact time I was born again. It was literally as if I was blind my whole life and I was given sight.  Had a sin conscience and was fully aware that the Holy Spirit had entered my mind and my body, raising up a new creation. How could I not tell everyone? I was dead and now I live! How could I not proclaim His name? 

This is a true story from Ps Ong- Nigerian man who was saved

But how could he not spread news of Jesus to give Him honor and praise?

Why are you silent? How can you not?? What has happened to the zeal you had at the beginning? Here might be a few reasons:

You are still blind. 

Not everyone in the house of God is born again. The wheat and chaff are together and it is very difficult to distinguish between the genuine and the fake. God knows.

Matthew 13:24-30 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” 

2 Timothy 2:20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor.

Paul tells us that in God’s house, there are vessels of honor, and of dishonor. In the same house. The object of the figure of the various vessels in the “great house” is to show that, though everyone that names the Name of the Lord ought to depart from unrighteousness, yet we must not be surprised if it is not so, and if there are found in the Church some professing Christians whose practice is inconsistent with their profession. The mark of the HS is not “love’ but a changed life from sin to righteousness. If oyu are still living in sin, you do not know the Lord. You have a chance to see today.

You have no faith. “According to your faith let it be to you” v. 29

Faith is required of God’s people. A lot people believe in a false Jesus. There are a lot of false gospels floating around. The social justice Jesus. The prosperity Jesus. The hippy Jesus. The rebel Jesus. The buddy Jesus. The “I am just called to love” Jesus.

Matthew 24:23-24 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. 24 For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

Jesus is prophesying of a time when there will be many doctrines and gospels that proclaim Him, but they are false. He is the Alpha and the Omega and He is returning as the coming King with eyes blazing like fire. He is holy and righteous. He is love and mercy. 

You say, “I believe!” but your actions prove quite differently. You have faith in a false Christ, faith in self, faith in the government, faith in health care, faith in politicians; but where is your faith in the living God to heal and deliver? Faith to be made whole? Faith for Him to provide? Anyone can have faith on the mountain top, but it is in the day to day grind when no one is watching you that true faith is built. We are promised that our faith will be refined by fire- this last year proved what we were relying on to save us.

DO you realize that Jesus would have passed these men by?  But they followed Him and cried out to Him to be healed and it was only by faith in what they had HEARD about Him. They could not even see His miracles, but what they heard was enough for them to believe He was the coming Messiah. Blind people cannot see, they need to HEAR what He has done!

Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Luke 18:7-8 And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”

 These difficult words point to a fear that the second coming being long delayed, true faith would have died out of the hearts even of the godly. Peter tells of scoffers in the last days who shall say “Where is the promise of His coming?” 2 Peter 3:3-4; and before that day “the love of many shall wax cold,” Matthew 24:12. Even the faith of God’s elect will in the last days be sorely tried. 

Faith hears and follows Jesus wherever He goes and cries out to Him for our every need.

You are apathetic. Enter the church of Laodicea- the last church of the ages. Rev 3:14-22

Signs of the lukewarm- you do what you want to do, obey some Scriptures and avoid others, avoid church worship services, or only come some of the time (because it is your time, you can do what you want to do), avoid tithing and giving, or only give some (because it’s your money and you can do what you want to do), church hop (because you can do what you want and will not be subject to any authority). If your life is characterized by “some” and not “all”, then you might be lukewarm. If you choose your comfort over obedience, you might be lukewarm.

There is a Scripture in Isaiah that is completely out of place, it fits no time in Israel’s history:

Isaiah 4:1 And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying,
“We will eat our own food and wear our own apparel; Only let us be called by your name, To take away our reproach. (of not being married)”

The Lord showed me this for years and I would read it over and over, until He gave me revelation. It is concerning the last church of the ages, the lukewarm church. The church will say, “we will do what we want to do and we will wear our own garments, we will make decisions for our lives, we will spend our time and our money in the way and manner in which we want to, we will not be subject to any Biblical authority; ONLY let us be called by your name.

The lukewarm are spiritually blind and they do not even know it. You need eye salve to see. The church at large is lukewarm and in a desperate condition. If anything I have said fits you, just repent. Change your mind and your actions. You do not have to stay this way. At least be honest with yourself and with God. He already knows. He is standing at the door knocking.

You have forgotten.

Jeremiah 2:32 Can a virgin forget her ornaments, Or a bride her attire? Yet My people have forgotten Me days without number.

Have you forgotten that you were blind? You were lost? You were dead? And He opened your eyes. Have you forgotten that you have no hope without Christ? Have you forgotten that He washed you and cleansed you and made you a new creation? Have you forgotten what He has done for you? 

2 Peter 1:9  For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.

Lacks what things? Any of these things: Faith, virtue, knowledge (of God’s Word), self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love.

You are not grateful.

Gratefulness in the key to a happy and content heart. Those who are grateful to the Lord for what He has done are content in this life with whatever He provides, whether they have an abundance or are in lack. 

My life has not been easy, in fact it has been down right difficult. Some of it was not my own doing; but much of it was. I know what it is like to be orphaned and abandoned. I know what it is like to go without food and not knowing where you are going to lay your head. I know I was a sinner. I know the depravity of my sin and my offense against a holy God. I did not deserve what He did for me. I did not deserve His grace and mercy. I did not deserve for the spotless, sinless Lamb of God to take my place. I did not deserve forgiveness. But God gave them to me in spite of me. I am eternally grateful. I live with a constant mindset of what Jesus did for me. 

 Ungrateful people accuse others of wrongdoing and refuse to look at their own wretchedness. Everything is always someone else’s fault. They are not truly thankful for His sacrifice. They are still haughty and prideful. I wonder if you are even saved?

Philippians 4:11-12  Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to [a]be abased, and I know how to [b]abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Paul was content in all things because He was grateful that Christ gave Himself for him. Paul called himself the chief of all sinners. What do you have to complain about? Did He not do enough for you on the cross by giving you life? You were blind and now you see! How can you not spread the news about Him? How can you not honor His name everywhere you go?

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You are fearful.

Fear is the great divider. There are a lot of people that will serve others, give, go on a mission, work in a soup kitchen, feed the homeless and the like in the name of Jesus; but you never hear them proclaim Him. They refuse to speak His Word, or talk about sin, or obedience. Why? They fear the reprisal of man. I get it. Just shut up and serve others and they will love you. But start to tell someone they are a sinner in need of a Savior, tell another they are living in fornication, or even talk about the miracle He did for you, how He made you new and cleansed you from all unrighteous, talk of spiritual gifts and speaking in tongues and people start to label you a zealot. I am OK with that. I have had family members tell me that they do not know anyone as zealous as I am for Jesus. Just tone it down. Be quiet. I cannot. How can I not preach His Word? It is like fire in my bones. God has called me to confront the giant and the sin in the church. How can I be silent?

John 10:33 The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.”

They didn’t try to kill Jesus because of His good works, but for what HE spoke and taught.

Acts 4:18-20  So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. 20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”

Proverbs 29:25  The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be [a]safe.

Matthew 10:28  And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in [a]hell.

I don’t care what you think about me. My life is lived to honor the Lord and fulfill His calling on my life. Our purpose is live lives that honor Jesus, with our words and our actions. How can you not make His name famous?

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