Matthew 9:27-28. And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed
him, crying, and saying, thou son of David, have mercy on us. And when
he was come into the house,
I suppose the house at Capernaum, where he was wont to stay.
Matthew 9:28. The blind men came to him;
Forced their way in. They must be attended to. Hunger breaks through
stone walls, they say, and an earnest heart will follow after what it
Matthew 9:28-29. And Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do
this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes,
saying, According to your faith, be it unto you.
That is, “If you do not believe, you shall not see, but if there be faith in you, behold you shall have sight.”
Matthew 9:30-32. And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged
them, saying, See that no man know it. But they, when they were
departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country. As they went out,
behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil.
Here we have had the dead, those that were bleeding to death, the blind, and the dumb, and the possessed of a devil.
Matthew 9:33. And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, it was never so seen in Israel.
No; but Jesus does wonders. Something off the common, and altogether out of the ordinary way, his work of grace must be.
Matthew 9:34. But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils.
There is always somebody or other who has got an ugly word to put in.
It matters not how much God may bless the gospel, there is no stopping
the sneers and objections; but the mercy is that it does not matter
much. Our Lord was not hurt, and the work went on, notwithstanding all
the cavilling of the Pharisees.
Matthew 9:35. And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in
their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing
every sickness and every disease among the people.
That was the answer to the Pharisees. Christian activity, fervent
devotion to the cause of God, is the best answer that can be given to
cavillers of any sort or every sort. In your work hold on, my brother,
and those who cavil at thee now may come to honour thee one of these
Matthew 9:36-37. But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with
compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as
sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest
truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few.
We are all loiterers, but where are the labourers? Where are they with
the sharp sickle that can cut down the wheat, and, with a ready hand,
can bind it, and, with a strong shoulder, carry it? Alas! in this great
city, the harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few!
Matthew 9:38. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will sent forth labourers into his harvest.