Matthew now turns to yet another of Jesus’ healing miracles. This seems to have taken place on the same day as the healing of the woman who touched His cloak and the raising of a girl back to life (Matthew 9:18–26).
“As Jesus went on from there, two men who were blind followed Him, crying out, ‘Have mercy on us, Son of David!'” – Matthew 9:27
Jesus, together with a large crowd, is working His way to a house, likely in Capernaum. In the crowd are two blind men who are crying out loudly. Other than Matthew’s own use of the title in the opening of his book, this is the first time in Matthew that someone refers to Jesus as the “Son of David.”
The term “Son of David” is the title of the Messiah (2 Samuel 7:11–13, 16). The use of that name leaves no doubt as to what these two blind men meant. They believed Jesus was the long-promised Christ. Many in this era were looking for the Promised One. These men had heard of Jesus’ great healings. They may have understood the prophecies of Isaiah about the age of the Messiah when “the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy” (Isaiah 35:5–6). Over the course of His earthly ministry, Jesus accomplished all these miracles of healing.
Since He was the Messiah, who opened the eyes of the blind, these two blind men wanted Jesus to heal them.
Take a minute and think about the word Messiah. It means Savior, the promised one. How does that work in your life today?