According to Your Faith Let it be Done to You

Today, in our weekly discipleship hour as African Scholars, we looked at Matthew 9:27-34. The passage basically is about Jesus giving a blind man sight who then goes around to broadcast his healing even when Jesus had explicitly commanded him shut up about it.

What struck me was Jesus’ question to the guy after he asks Jesus to heal him:

27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”

28 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”

“Yes, Lord,” they replied.

29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; 30 and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” 31 But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.

It is interesting what Jesus to the man: “According to your faith let it be done to you”. Normally, the understanding is that you got to have faith for this miracle thing to work.

What if that is not what is going on here? What if, this faith thing is not about the blind man’s spiritual muscle flexing? Because, think about this: The man addresses Jesus as the “Son of David” (v 27). And then Jesus asks him: “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”

Basically, “Do you think I am really the Son of David?” Jesus’ statement about the faith of the blind man is because he affirms Jesus’ identity, not his ability.

4 Comments

Atuhaire Sharrote Mukama April 3, 2019 Reply

The third paragraph after Vs.31 is missing the word says….
Back to the reflection you speak bitterly about how these two blind men couldn’t keep their mouth shut about what Jesus had done for them… Am wondering there must have been a reason why of all the times Jesus did miracles and asked the people to go and tell of what He has done for them this time He asks these ones to keep quiet..

Mategyero April 5, 2019 Reply

Thank you for reading! Jesus was a man on the road–the gospel tell his story as a Man on the way to Jerusalem. The fullness, or if you will, the climax of his ministry would be in Jerusalem. Even in John’s account, at the wedding of Cana, he tells his mother Mary that the time had not come–that would be in Jerusalem, not Galilee or Nazareth.

Peter Mutimba April 7, 2019 Reply

I found myself turning the page, clicking random icons…. Come on man. Where’s the rest? You were going somewhere

Peter Mutimba April 7, 2019 Reply

I thought you were just beginning to split a mystery about the person of Christ or identity….
Should i await part 2?

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