He (a blind man) called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more.
“Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Growing up in my home, I learned pretty early on that it was rude to interrupt (See post in archives, September 2015).
Clearly the blind man who sat by the roadside in Jericho wasn’t raised in my home. Just as Jesus was passing by, he asked the crowd to tell him what was going on. When he’d been told Who it was, he called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Of course, had this taken place in the South, it likely would have come out with a twangy, “Lawd, have mercy!”
But back to Jericho…
I believe Jesus heard the blind man, maybe even the cries of others seeking something from the Lord.
Jesus kept walking.
Those leading the crowd rebuked the blind man, told him to be quiet. The Message version says he was told to “shut up” (vs 39) – a manner of speaking that, ahem, also wasn’t allowed in my home more than once without swift correction.
The blind man’s response? He shouted all the more.
I just love that. He was in no way hindered by rebuke. Instead, he persisted, determined that his faith meet with the face of God in the flesh.
Jesus had the same agenda.
Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him (vs. 40a).
Interesting. Jesus, being fully God and omniscient, had to know the man was blind. Otherwise, I believe He’d have simply shouted back, “C’mon over here, sir.”
When he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” (vs 41a)
But Jesus already knew that, too. The man’s earlier shout was faith-laced and had already set his voice apart from all others.
So when given the joy of being asked, the blind man answered affirmatively – and with no more need to shout.
“Lord, I want to see,” he replied (vs 41b)
Not, “Well, if it’s not too much trouble, I’d like to see, but not sure you’d be willing and able and all that…”
Sometimes I’ve had to stop shouting because it’d become nothing more than that, the clamor of my opinion that wasn’t targeting a higher good (namely, that God be glorified).
Then there are times when I’ve needed to shout all the more, to prod my faith and persist in disturbing Jesus about a matter.
To believe. To know that I know that I know.
So whatever became of the blind man who chose to shout all the more? Turned out quite nicely:
Jesus said to him,
Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.”
Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God (vs 42).
When all the people saw it, they also praised God. (vs 43)
Makes me want to shout all the more and rally others to do the same…so long as God be glorified.
What do you need to shout to Jesus about today?