As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” And he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
This man who cannot see quickly perceives who Jesus truly is and openly acknowledges it. He sees through the eye of faith as he is unable to see with his physical eyes. What a picture of walking by faith and not by sight. He believes without ever having seen and without even much of a hope of ever seeing with his physical eyes. O for a faith that will not shrink in the face of physical disfunctions and handicaps but only grows as a result of such so called hindrances.
In the presence of Jesus, such humble faith only grows stronger, bolder and louder when the doubting rebukes come from the hecklers. The external negative voices only serve to strengthen this faith not diminish it. They steel one’s resolve to trust more fully in the One who is able to bring true sight. Faith drowns out the noise of faithless rebuke.
Our call is to truly ‘walk by faith and not by sight.’ This blind believer accomplished this in his generation. We must do the same in ours.