Matthew 20:32 ” Jesus stopped and called to them. ‘What do you want Me to do for you?’ He asked.”

Jesus and His disciples were walking between Jericho and Jerusalem…with a large crowd following them. This road was well traveled and used frequently, so it wasn’t surprising there were beggars sitting by the side of the road hoping for a few coins to come their way. In this story, two blind men sitting together hear from the crowd that it’s Jesus who’s passing by them…and they begin to yell to get Jesus’ attention. They didn’t just shout His name, but rather called out with a divine insight only the Holy Spirit could have given them. “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” Now I seriously doubt either of them had gone to Hebrew School and learned the Torah as children and we know because of their blindness they hadn’t been able to read the Torah…yet they almost quoted Isaiah 23:5-6, “The days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In His days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which He will be called: The Lord our Righteousness.” What they were yelling is probably the reason why the crowd reacted the way they did…for they confronted them harshly and probably used the crude vernacular, “Shut up!” in an attempt to silence them. But it says the blind beggars shouted all the louder! It’s at that time Jesus steps into this screaming match and asks them the question, “What do you want Me to do for you?” Now for the crowd it was a no-brainer…they’re blind beggars and why couldn’t Jesus see this. But this question Jesus asked was very important, for it sought to discover their level of faith. They replied to Jesus, “Lord, we want our sight.”…and immediately their faith in Jesus healed them and they could see.

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