Christ Church, Mountain Top
Matthew 9.27-31, 20.29-34
quoting “I desire mercy, not sacrifice”. Inclusion & Permission. The
unworthy made welcome and sinners made guiltless.
of the healing of two blind men. In both stories, they call out, “Have mercy on
us, Son of David”. In both stories, they follow Jesus. In both stories, they
call him “Lord”. In both stories, Jesus touches their eyes. The fact that
Matthew tells this story twice, whereas Mark and Luke only do so once, and the
fact that Matthew puts two blind men in the story, whereas Mark and Luke only
list one … well, that’s a mystery that the scholars still haven’t figured out …
but it matches other patterns in Matthew’s writing (Bruner, I:434). I won’t be
offering a ground-breaking solution – or any solution at all – to that
particular conundrum, though I will be making an observation relative to their
placement within the broader context of Matthew’s gospel.
similarities and their contrasting differences, provide us some insight on the
experience of God’s mercy. In line with the structure of the story, we’ll
structure the experience of mercy as
into a house
do the blind follow Jesus? (Hauerwas, Matthew,
Brazos Theological Commentary, p 103; Bruner)
perceive Jesus as “Son of David” (Messiah), though those who are have sight are
unable to perceive this (Hare, Bruner).
care, cooking, computers
repulsive (Bruner, I:436)
even know they have
when are told to be silent
content of Jesus-Messiah
– “disciples … teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you”
God’s mercy does not relieve us of responsibility to obey Jesus in all things.
barriers & integrates into community
and preventing the blind
Christ’s followers are the greatest obstacle to others following him” (Bruner,
Dale Bruner, Matthew: A Commentary (2