Online Bible Study

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Online Bible Study #1

Monday, January 15 – Friday, January 19, 2018

Luke 18:35 – 43

 

35 As he approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36 When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was happening. 37 They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth[a] is passing by.” 38 Then he shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 39 Those who were in front sternly ordered him to be quiet; but he shouted even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 40 Jesus stood still and ordered the man to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him, 41 “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me see again.” 42 Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has saved you.” 43 Immediately he regained his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, praised God.

   [a] the Nazorean

 

In the passage from Luke 18:35 – 43, the blind man is sitting by the roadside begging.  This is quite possibly his daily routine, as he is completely dependent upon (what he hopes will be) the generosity of others.  A large crowd begins to pass by and he recognizes there is something different about this crowd as compared to others he has experienced.  He asks out of curiosity, “What is happening?”  People around him respond, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”  At the announcement of Jesus passing by, this blind beggar begins to shout and plead, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  Individuals leading the crowd “sternly ordered him to be quiet” as his shouting (and his presence) seemed to make some in the crowd uncomfortable or even embarrassed by the commotion.  

 

The “good news” of the gospel is that Jesus hears our cries, our pleas for help, comfort, peace, and strength in difficult times.  One of the many things I love about Jesus is the fact that He never overlooks anyone and always seeks to make their day or situation better through God’s grace and love.  In the case of the blind man, Jesus asks, “What do you want me to do for you?”  The blind man responds, “Lord, let me see again.”  Jesus says to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has saved you.”  

 

At the end of the passage, we read of how the blind man receives his sight, follows Jesus, and glorifies God.  This miracle, the encounter with Jesus that took place in the blind man’s life had a profound effect upon him and the lives of others as well.  Each of has a story to tell and a witness to share of how God’s love and grace has touched our lives.  The manner in which we approach life as living witnesses to the power of God at work in our lives is the story (and action) others need at critical moments in their life.

 

QUESTIONS

(Please Respond to Questions in the Numbered Box that Corresponds to the Each Question)

 

1. What makes some people believe it is their right or even appropriate behavior to squelch the cries and pleas of the less fortunate among us?  In so doing, what do some seek to accomplish? 

 

2. How do you respond (or react) when you cross paths with a “beggar” on the street? 

 

3. Have you ever been in a situation where you felt overlooked or dismissed by the crowd?  How did that make you feel?  

 

4. What is significant about the blind man’s request to “see again”?

 

5. What can you today to allow your life to serve as an expression of praise to God, thereby positioning others to have an encounter with the living Christ? 

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Consider these questions before praying:

How might our lives look different if we asked God to give us eyes to see the needs of others around us?

 

How might the church look different if it worked more intentionally to see the needs of others instead of the faults of others?

 

Prayer

Gracious and loving God, we give you thanks for the blessing of this day and the privilege to study your Holy Word.  May the Scriptures be a source of strength for our souls and a light that illumines the path you would have us to walk daily.  We humbly ask that you open our eyes to the needs of others and in so doing, may your grace and love abound through our interactions with people.  God, we praise you in advance for the manner in which our story, because of your grace, can help position others to have a life-changing encounter with you.  Let it be so, in Jesus’ name, Amen!

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