Summary of passage: As Jesus left Jairus’ house, two blind men followed him and begged for mercy and for healing. Jesus asked them if they had faith in him and they said yes. They were healed and asked not to spread the news but they did. Then a demon-possessed, mute man was brought to Jesus. He drove out the demon and re-gained his speaking ability. All were amazed except the Pharisees who called Jesus “the prince of demons.”
12a) Lord and Son of David
b) Isaiah 35:4-6: Isaiah predicts the eyes of the blind will be opened with the redeemer (God will come) and the mute tongue will shout for joy. So the two blind men could now see and the demon-possessed man could now talk and all presumably shouted for joy at Jesus’ arrival.
Jeremiah 23:5-6: A righteous branch of David will rule wisely and do what is right and just in the land and save Judah and Israel. His name will be “The Lord our Righteousness.” The men call Jesus “Son of David” and Jesus does what is right and just and brings righteousness in the land.
c) Personal Question. My answer: For things to be clear and for me to know in my heart what is right and for my husband to know it as well.
13a) Personal Question. My answer: I think Jesus would rather be known for his spiritual healing of the heart and saving of sins rather than his physical healings of the eyes and tongue. Also, Jesus knows the opposition will only grow against him as more and more people believe in him. He has to finish his job and it could be hindered by notoriety.
b) Personal Question. My answer: They were so excited they couldn’t contain themselves so they had to tell all. Plus, the Jews had been looking for the Messiah for hundreds of years now and when he appeared it was the moment they had waited for their entire lives.
Imagine how you would feel if you just re-gained your sight? Wouldn’t you tell all? That doesn’t justify the men’s disobedience but it would be hard to keep such a miracle to yourself.
14a) They were both healed by faith (faith of the blind men themselves and presumably faith of the people who brought the demon-possessed man to Jesus). The healings sparked awe and fear amongst the people. It turned the Pharisees more and more against Jesus. Jesus healed out of compassion for both and mercy for both. The blind men asked for it and the demon-possessed man could not but Jesus healed mercifully as well.
b) In amazement and fear. Some thought him the Messiah and others thought him the devil.
c) Same. Fear and amazement. My response is awe.
d) Personal Question. My answer: I know Jesus can do anything and if he can heal others, he can heal me and allow me to fulfill his purpose here on earth. “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13 And I can testify to others about what He has done in my life and be a living testimony to His goodness.
Conclusions: My favorite part was the part BSF did not ask about: the fact that here we learn Jesus needs help. There are so many people to heal and touch that Jesus cannot be in 1000 places at once so he needs helpers. I like this part because we are called as well to spread the Good News. God doesn’t need us to help Him but He gives us that responsibility anyways for our own good. Love it!
We also see the growing opposition against him which will only grow as we more forward with Jesus’ life.
Fun Fact: This is the first time Jesus himself is called the “Son of David”, overtly referring to him as the Messiah.