Miracles of Jesus: Healing Two Blind Men

The Bible Says Men Ask Jesus for Mercy and Jesus Asks the Men for Faith

Jesus miracle healing blind men Bible Matthew 9
Folio 29 of the Sinope Gospels (an illustrated copy of the Bible's Gospel books from 1286) shows Jesus healing two blind men. Public domain

The Bible records the famous miracle of Jesus Christ healing two blind men in Matthew 9:27-31. Just prior to restoring the men's sight, Jesus had performed two other miracles: healing a sick woman and raising a dead girl back to life. It was all in a day's work for Jesus as he traveled from place to place helping people. Here's the story, with commentary:

The Men Ask Jesus for Mercy and Jesus Asks Them for Belief

Matthew 9:27-28 describes the requests that the blind men and Jesus made of each other during their encounter: "As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, 'Have mercy on us, Son of David!'.

When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, 'Do you believe that I am able to do this?'

'Yes, Lord, they replied."

The blind men had heard about Jesus' miraculous healing power from other people in the region and pursued him actively, doing their best to get his attention. Jesus then turned the spotlight back on them, asking them to honestly reflect on their faith. What did they really believe?

The Faith and Willingness Factors

The story continues in Matthew 9:29 and the first part of verse 30: "Then he touched their eyes and said, 'According to your faith let it be done to you;' and their sight was restored.

Here Jesus revealed that the determining factor in whether or not the men received healing that day was their own faith. In this case, Jesus was willing to heal the men as long as the men were willing to believe that he can heal them.

It's not always God's will to heal people miraculously from an illness or an injury, even though it happened to be in this situation.

Two ingredients must come together for miraculous healing to occur: People's faith that miraculous healing is possible, and God's willingness to heal in that particular situation.

A Warning

The last part of verse 30 and verse 31 ends the story on an interesting note: "Jesus warned them sternly, 'See that no one knows about this.' But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region."

Jesus wanted to help people but also not spread the news of his miraculous power far and wide at this point in his ministry. Many Bible scholars believe that's because Jesus intended for people to have the right context for understanding his miraculous power -- and that wouldn't be possible until his sacrificial death and resurrection to life had taken place. Still, it would have been very difficult for the men who were celebrating the miracle of restored sight to avoid sharing their news with other people.

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