This chapter concludes with the story of Jesus healing two blind men.  This narrative of Matthew is apparently the same as that in Mark, where only one blind man is mentioned, and he is particularly named Bartimaeus.  There must have been something notable about Bartimaeus that made him receive particular attention from the other evangelist; perhaps he was a noble laborer in the early church.  Regardless, the miracle is an extraordinary display of divine grace and sovereign power.  It also furnishes us with an example of persistence in pleading.  The blind men were urged by annoyed people from the crowd to hush and cease disturbing the peace.  But these men had a need of which they were fully conscious, and they knew that Christ, the Son of David, God’s Messiah, was the only one who could help.  Thus they continued to cry out for mercy, in spite of every obstacle thrown in their path.  Ultimately, the Lord heard their plea, called them to Himself, and opened their eyes. 

Is not this an excellent picture of the lost sinner who sees his need of Christ?  When the full impact of his doomed condition before God comes into focus, he will stop at nothing until that burden of guilt is removed.  Thus, he persists in pleading for mercy from Christ, in spite of every roadblock Satan casts in his path.  The refreshing news for such a wretched sinner is that Christ is sure to hear his cry for help.  He will open the blind eyes, raise the sinner from his death in trespasses and sins, and invigorate him with life from above.  Then, like the blind men in the narrative, he will gird up the loins of his mind, and follow Jesus in the way.  

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