Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 15, 2018

“Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 20:29-34.

“As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed Him.  And two blind men sitting by the road, hearing that Jesus was passing by, cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!”  The crowd sternly told them to be quiet, but they cried out all the more, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”  And Jesus stopped and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?”  They *said to Him, “Lord, we want our eyes to be opened.”  Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes;  and immediately they regained their sight and followed Him.”  Matthew 20:29-34.

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The world wants quick fixes for specific problems.  Even many churches have series of sermons specifically seeking to deal with symptoms of sin:  “How to be a better _____ (you fill in the blank)”.

In sharp contrast to what the world and many churches would seek if they were in the place of the blind men, namely only a cure for blindness, we hear the two blind men twice cry out only for mercy.

It was only after Jesus specifically asked them what they wanted that the two blind men said:  “Lord, we want our eyes to be opened.”

“Moved with compassion”, Jesus healed them.

The lesson for us today is that like the blind men we should first seek mercy.

Whereas other doctrine focuses on man and what man can do better to deal with a specific symptom of sin, Reformed Doctrine focuses on God and His “Unconditional Election”, the fountain of all mercy and all compassion and all good.

“For He says to Moses, “I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION.”  So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.”  Romans 9:15-16.

“Article 9. …  election is the fountain of every saving good; from which proceed faith, holiness, and the other gifts of salvation, and finally eternal life itself ….”  FIRST HEAD OF DOCTRINE Of Divine Predestination of Canons of Dordt.

“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.  In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures.”  James 1:17-18.

“For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;  and these whom He predestined, He also called;  and these whom He called, He also justified;  and these whom He justified, He also glorified.

What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who is against us?  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”  Romans 8:29-32.

“Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”


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