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Recovering Sight for the Blind

Posted: January 14, 2014

Recovering Sight for the Blind

Luke 4: 18-21, 18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. 20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.”

I was thinking this morning about Jesus’ declaration that He was sent particularly for “the recovering of sight to the blind.” I began to consider how a person can become blind and I came up with at least four:

1.    You could be born blind.

2.    You could be blinded by trauma.

3.    You could be blinded by judgment from God.

4.    You could be blinded by old age.

5.    *I purposely omitted sickness and disease as a cause of blindness because I am spiritualizing blindness and did not want to spiritualize actual physical healings.

Some of the most exciting and stirring stories in the New Testament are about Jesus healing those with physical blindness. Now if you will bear with me a bit I would like to take those four causes of physical blindness and consider their counterparts in spiritual blindness.

Born Blind

One of the most famous stories of Jesus healing a blind man is found in the entire chapter of John 9, I’ll only include three verses for time’s sake,

John 9:1-3,And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”

The ancients believed that blindness came from sin and the disciples were curious as to whose sin caused this poor fellow to be born blind. I believe that blindness is a figurative symbol of sin in the flesh and that every person is born into the world groping in a spiritual darkness. Although a child is born innocent without sin, it won’t take long for sin and death to find their way into that tender little life.

Now consider these thoughts with me:

1.    Some children are actually born blind. Their physical eyes cannot perceive light or form.

2.    There are also some children that are born in gross spiritual darkness, these too are unable to discern neither light nor form.

3.    Some were born into families that worship in false religions like Muslim, Hindu, Buddhism, etc…

4.    Some others were born into homes that go to dead Christian religious churches that are void of spiritual life and whose light is false doctrine and their form is are non-Biblical.

Children don’t get to choose who births them into what family or culture or religious expression, and so they are subject to the influence of their family. Just as Adam sinned and death entered into the world through sin, the darkness of death looms over the entirety of Creation, subjecting all of us to an eventual influence of sin and death. 

In II Corinthians 4:3-6 we read, But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

Jesus said this man was born blind so that He could manifest the works of God in him. We are ALL born blind and Jesus did a work on the cross of Christ that would provide for the recovery of sight to all who are blinded by sin. The Lamb of God has taken away the sin of the world and when we put all of our faith in His finished work on the cross, He takes away that sin in each of us and we recover our spiritual sight. Then we will sing with Newton, “I once was lost but now am found, twas blind but now I see.”

Blinded by Trauma

Acts 9:3-8, And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.”

Saul had 20/20 physical vision but was religiously blind, persecuting those who truly served the God that he claimed to be serving. But the Lord appeared to him on his way to Damascus and His presence physically blinded Saul. For three days he groped in physical darkness with much time to consider what had just happened. He thought he had clear insight and understanding in his religion and that this new Christianity must be done away with, so he zealously persecuted the Christians. But then, the Christ of the Christians appeared to Him and His powerful presence blinded him. With three days to ponder in physical blindness he concluded that he had been blind in his religion. Now he had a clear spiritual understanding but he was physically blind. One glimpse of The Light of the world had totally renewed his mind and gave him perfect understanding to the fact that he had been blind in a false religious zeal.

But God raised up Ananias and sent him to Saul saying, 17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightiest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. 18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

 So many today need the scales to fall of their religiously blinded eyes so that they too can see Him who commands the light to shine out of darkness. Hear me dear religious souls, Jesus says, If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

Blinded By God’s Judgment

Romans 1:16-21,16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

There are those who refuse to hold the gospel in a righteous way and God judges them for it. The judgment happens when their foolish hearts are darkened. This judgment is progressive, it starts with a spiritual blindness of heart and then turns into perversion. These foolishly begin to twist who God Is and what He says. Then God blinds them with the darkened heart of sexual sins of fornication, then homosexuality, and finally, their minds become reprobate and they go into all sorts of sin.

Twice in the Old Testament God struck a group of men with blindness. The first time was when the angels came to see just how wicked Sodom and Gomorrah had become. We find this story in...

Genesis 19:4-9, But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? Bring them out unto us, that we may know them. And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof. And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door. 10 But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door. 11 And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.”

The next time this happened was when the Syrian armies were coming against Israel in II Kings 6:15-20,15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! How shall we do? 16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. 18 And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the Lord, and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness. And he smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha. 19 And Elisha said unto them, This is not the way, neither is this the city: follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom ye seek. But he led them to Samaria. 20 And it came to pass, when they were come into Samaria, that Elisha said, Lord, open the eyes of these men, that they may see. And the Lord opened their eyes, and they saw; and, behold, they were in the midst of Samaria.

And finally once in the New Testament the Apostle Paul on his first missionary outing commanded blindness to come upon a wicked man named Elymas the sorcerer, Acts 14:8-11, “But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him. 10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? 11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.”

God uses the judgment of blindness when people wickedly refuse to obey Him,

John 9:39-41, “39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. 40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? 41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.”

Time would fail me to discuss Sampson being blinded by the Philistines, which was a judgment from God for the sin of being intimate with the enemy. King Zedekiah watched his sons slain before him then the Babylonians put out his eyes. This was a judgment from God for being a wicked king.

The judgment of blindness comes upon those who know the Lord and then refuse to obey Him. We should all pray and appeal to God’s mercies that God would repeal the judgment of blindness on so many today.

Blinded by Old Age

Genesis 27:1, And it came to pass, that when Isaac was old, and his eyes were dim, so that he could not see, he called Esau his eldest son, and said unto him, My son: and he said unto him, Behold, here am I.

Isaac became blind in his old age and his blindness caused him to be unable to properly discern. This caused him to bless Jacob with the blessing that rightfully belonged to Esau. We should take good care of our eyes so that we will have proper discernment in our old age. Moses is a great example of this, Deuteronomy 34:7, And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.

A Humble Appeal for the Recovery of Sight

Jesus came in particular to give the recovery of sight to them that are blind. We desperately need a massive healing on the blinded multitudes in this generation. We all like blind Bartemaus should cry out to Jesus until we receive our sight in this darkened generation.

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