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04-3-2020 - Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord

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Join Pastor Matt and the Christ-followers at Charity as we Plead with God to Open the Eyes of our Understanding

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Matthew 20:29–34 ESV
29 And as they went out of Jericho, a great crowd followed him. 30 And behold, there were two blind men sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” 31 The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent, but they cried out all the more, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” 32 And stopping, Jesus called them and said, “What do you want me to do for you?” 33 They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.” 34 And Jesus in pity touched their eyes, and immediately they recovered their sight and followed him.
Matthew 20:29–33 ESV
29 And as they went out of Jericho, a great crowd followed him. 30 And behold, there were two blind men sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was passing by, they cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” 31 The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent, but they cried out all the more, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” 32 And stopping, Jesus called them and said, “What do you want me to do for you?” 33 They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.”
The Place:
Road from Jericho to Jerusalem
Jericho - Place of God’s Wrath on the Canaanite defensive city - a bit over 8 east from Jerusalem
Matthew 20:29-3
Jericho - Place of God’s Wrath on the Canaanite defensive city - a bit over 8 east from Jerusalem
Jericho - Place of God’s Mercy on Rahab and her family, who enters into the lineage of Jesus (see )
Jericho - The Place where Herod’s Winter Palace (Hasmonean) was built - abundance of water, fertile soil, nearby springs (Wadi Qelt), rare and fragrant plants
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The Preface:
The disciples are contemplating Jesus’ words about True Service and their True Place in His Kingdom...
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The Purpose:
Two Blind Men sitting along the side of the Road
RELEGATED to BEGGING
RAISING their Voices, “looking” for JESUS “Lord, Have Mercy on us, Son of David!”
REBUKED by the selfish and uncaring CROWD
Jesus Stops his Progress (Slow Down for the Sake of Real Ministry)
Jesus allows the Blind Men to State their REQUEST
Jesus REACHES out and offers physical touch
Jesus RECOVERS their lost sight...
The Current Problem:
2 Corinthians 4:3–4 ESV
3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
The God-Given Solution:
John 8:12 NLT
12 Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”
The Culmination of Christ in Me:
Acts 26:17–18 NLT
17 And I will rescue you from both your own people and the Gentiles. Yes, I am sending you to the Gentiles 18 to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.’
Acts 26:
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