Tim Brown

READ : Matthew 20:29-34

Have mercy on us, Lord, Son of David! (v. 30)

Christians have long believed that the Bible represents God’s inspired Word to the church. Every word is God-breathed. But we also believe that the way the myriad stories that make up the Bible are arranged is also by the Spirit’s design. Isn’t it interesting that just as Jesus turns toward Jerusalem – toward the cross and the resurrection, toward the accomplishment of our salvation – he should perform a miracle of restoring sight? It is as though the Gospel writer is telling us that to go beyond this point in the gospel we will have to have eyes Spirit-opened!

The psalmist once sang aloud of God’s mysterious ways, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it” (Ps. 139:6). The deepest and truest things about the gospel cannot be figured out, they can only be handed over. The two blind men in Jericho knew that better than anyone, and that is why their story is still told.

And maybe that is why we ought to keep singing, “Open my eyes, that I may see . . .” One thing is for sure, If God doesn’t open our eyes we never will see!


Father, may your Word be our rule, your Spirit our teacher, and the glory of Jesus Christ our single concern. In whose name we pray!