How Did They Follow?
A Devotional Thought from Matthew 9:27–31
27 And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us. 28 And 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. 29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. 30 And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it. 31 But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country.
They followed him? How?
The Bible tells us that two blind men followed Jesus, recognizing him as the Messiah and asking for mercy. We are told that after they came into the house Jesus asked them if they believed that he was able to make their sightless eyes see. When they responded with faith, he touched their eyes and instantly the blind eyes could see. Just before touching those eyes he said, “according to your faith be it unto you.”
Our God is pleased by faith and rewards it.
But these men were blind, how did they follow? The Bible doesn’t say but I think I know. I imagine they must have heard him speak. They must have followed his voice.
I think he probably said, “turn here” and they turned there.
I bet he said, “there are steps here, be careful” and they carefully followed him down the steps.
What a sweet sight it must have been to those who witnessed Jesus gently leading them by his word through the crowds to a place where he could be alone with them.
I have often wondered why he didn’t heal these two on the street like he had so many others before them.
Was it for a witness to all that saw him leading them? Was it to grow the faith required for healing in them by the time they reached the destination? Every word from his mouth must have caused their hope to grow and their anticipation of sight to swell.
I believe it happened this way because that is how it happens to us.
How do we follow?
We can’t see him with our eyes, but we follow his word that brings us to him. His word is a light to our path that guides us through the trials of life. With every word our faith grows.
Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, And a light unto my path.
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
2 Timothy 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
Could the precious sight of him leading us by faith in his word be a witness?
Don’t you know that our faith is growing this way until that day where our faith will become sight?