Matthew 9:27–31 27And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us. 28And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. 29Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. 30And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it. 31But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.
Can you keep a secret?
My son couldn’t. I remember the day he came to me with one of the biggest smiles that you have ever seen and said, “I know what you got for Christmas.” He had been let in on the secret, but it was burning a hole in his little mind, and he just had to let it loose.
That is what happened with the blind men in today’s reading. The Lord had led them to a place of healing. I suppose he had talked them through every step until they arrived at the place where he would give them the precious gift of sight. After opening their eyes, he told them to “tell no man” what he had done for them. We learn that the truth of their transformation was too much for them to contain so that they spread his fame abroad.
Can you imagine if they tried to keep that secret?
Everyone that had known their previous condition no doubt pressed to understand how they could now see.
What happened to your dark glasses?
Where is your cane?
Why don’t you need that seeing-eye dog anymore?
Even if they tried, how could they hide it? I imagine that once the dam holding back their secret broke, they thought there was no reason to try and hold back the flood of facts.
After years of darkness, I suppose they couldn’t shut their mouths from singing, “I once was blind, but now I see!”
I suspect they stopped every stranger to tell them how they had been sightless, but now they can see.
I don’t mean to excuse their disobedience, but that certainly would have been one hard secret to shut up inside, wouldn’t it?
Every time I read this story, I contemplate how Christ commanded them to conceal their conversion, yet they told everybody. He commissioned us to tell everybody, and somehow, we keep it concealed.
How does the amazing thing that he has done for us not burn its way out of our hearts?
This secret about what our Savior has done is too good to keep.
So, let me ask you, can you share the secret?
My 2021 Bible Reading Plan
April 29, 2021