Matthew 20:21. “And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, Thou Son of David.”
I believe it is safe to assume that it was the Holy Spirit Who touched the hearts of these two blind men, leading them to recognize Who Jesus was. It is interesting, then, that the great crowds who followed Him were apparently not of the same mind, or the same degree of faith; otherwise, they would not have rebuked the blind men and tried to keep them out of the way. Apparently the crowd did not share the blind men’s faith the this was indeed the Son of David, Messiah, He Who had come as the Anointed One to redeem Israel and all sinners from the result of their sin.
There are great crowds today who “follow Jesus.” I even read recently about the publishing of a gay-friendly version of the Bible, which by its very nature must have had to omit several important passages. President Obama himself once claimed he was a Christian, but all of his words and behavior since then have pointed in a different direction.
Matthew 7:21-23 makes it clear that in the final judgment, there will be many who have claimed Christ, but that He, Who knows our hearts, will send away because He never knew them. You can read my post about this passage here.
The lesson for us today is that it can be very dangerous to follow the crowd. Of course, that is not the only thing that can be pulled out of this passage. But for me, today, this morning as I study and write, that’s the thing that speaks to me. It is dangerous to follow anyone other than Jesus. It is dangerous to become enamoured of a man or a woman and to honor that person’s words and writings above the Word of God. There is a lot being written today that true believers need to sift through the Word. There is more being said from pulpits, and from TV and radio microphones, that we need to hear with great discernment and not follow simply because everyone else is.
Jesus certainly did not follow the crowd, as we’ll see tomorrow.