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Jesus Heals the Blind and the Mute
27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” 28 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. 29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; 30 and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” 31 But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region. 32 While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. 33 And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.” 34 But the Pharisees said, “It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons.”
Two blind men seek out Jesus believing he is merciful and powerful to heal them. Jesus heals them because they have faith. Then a demon-possessed man is brought to Jesus without making any faith declaration, but Jesus has mercy and heals him, too. Finally, a group of religious leaders called the Pharisees, reject Jesus as someone doing the bidding of the “prince of demons”. Seeing miracles does not create faith. Maybe you do not think that Jesus is a minion of the devil, but do you continually come to Jesus seeking mercy and grace? Do you keep interceding in prayer for others who do not have faith? Our greatest need is Jesus to have mercy on us and give us the faith to see Him for who he truly is, the compassionate, merciful, forgiving Son of God.