Are you blind?

Are you blind?  If you were asked this question I think all of you would answer “No”.  After all, you are reading this page right now so that proves you can see.  But the Bible has some things to say about blindness that might make you change your mind.

God revealed to Elisha the plans of the king of Syria and Elisha in turn warned the king of Israel.

Once when the king of Syria was warring against Israel, he took counsel with his servants, saying, “At such and such a place shall be my camp.”  But the man of God sent word to the king of Israel, “Beware that you do not pass this place, for the Syrians are going down there.”  And the king of Israel sent to the place about which the man of God told him. Thus he used to warn him, so that he saved himself there more than once or twice.

2 Kings 6:8-10

The king of Syria learned that Elisha was responsible for his failure to defeat Israel so he decided to capture him.

And the mind of the king of Syria was greatly troubled because of this thing, and he called his servants and said to them, “Will you not show me who of us is for the king of Israel?”  And one of his servants said, “None, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom.”    And he said, “Go and see where he is, that I may send and seize him.”

It was told him, “Behold, he is in Dothan.”    So he sent there horses and chariots and a great army, and they came by night and surrounded the city.  

And when the Syrians came down against him, Elisha prayed to the LORD and said, “Please strike this people with blindness.”   So he struck them with blindness in accordance with the prayer of Elisha.  And Elisha said to them, “This is not the way, and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom you seek.”

And he led them to Samaria.  As soon as they entered Samaria, Elisha said, “O LORD, open the eyes of these men, that they may see.”   So the LORD opened their eyes and they saw, and behold, they were in the midst of Samaria.

2 Kings 6:11-14, 18-20

How could an army of blind men follow Elijah and why didn’t their blindness cause them to give up their search for him?  There is an incident in the New Testament that answers that question.  It took place shortly after the resurrection.

That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them.  But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.

Luke 24:13-16

The Syrian soldiers suffered the same kind of blindness the two disciples did.  They saw Elijah and the city but didn’t recognize them.  They had no idea that they were blind.

There is another incident in the Old Testament in which this kind of blindness was inflicted on people.  It took place when the men of Sodom were attacking Lot’s house in an attempt to seize the two angels who were visiting him.

And they struck with blindness the men who were at the entrance of the house, both small and great, so that they wore themselves out groping for the door.

Genesis 19:11

I used to think the men were physically blind and couldn’t find the door but now I realize that they could probably see the door but simply didn’t recognize it as being the one they were looking for.  The Ryrie Study Bible has a footnote saying that the Hebrew word for “blind” used of the men of Sodom and of the Syrian army is a different one than the one used in the rest of the Bible.

We see that God can cause a selective blindness which keeps a person from seeing or recognizing a specific object while leaving him able to see everything else clearly.  Satan can blind people in the same way.

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.  In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

2 Corinthians 4:3,4

When someone rejects the truth about God he places himself under Satan’s power and Satan is then able to blind him.  Here is how the Bible describes their condition.

But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away.  Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts.

2 Corinthians 3:14-15

The next verse tells how this blindness can be removed.

But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.

Are you blind?  You might have 20/20 vision but if you haven’t repented of your sins and acknowledged Jesus as your lord and savior you are blind.  The only way you can gain the ability to see is to turn from your sins and turn to Jesus for forgiveness.

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Posted on February 4, 2017, in Bible study, evangelism, salvation and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Another fine lesson, Clyde. Thank you!

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