Then a demon-possessed man who was blind and unable to speak was brought to Jesus, and He healed him so that the man who was unable to speak talked and could see.” – Matthew 12:22
Matthew turns to another example of Jesus healing and removing a demon from a person, followed by another confrontation between the Pharisees and Jesus. A man is brought to Jesus who is in terrible shape. He can neither speak nor see, which would have made it very difficult for him to communicate. The reason for his condition appears to have been oppression by a demon. Demons, as shown in the New Testament, can sometimes cause disabilities in their victims.
Jesus immediately solves the man’s problem by healing him, likely by casting the demon out. Suddenly the man can see and speak. The crowd is amazed and impressed. The Pharisees are not. This will lead to something more than a denial of a miracle. Rather than expressing doubt that this was a supernatural event, the Pharisees will accept that it’s miraculous. However, they are so hardened against God that they’ll insist the power comes from Satan (Matthew 12:24)
They are so hardened against God that they can’t see the Messiah in front of them. He heals and casts demons out and they still don’t believe.
Our hearts can’t get so hard sometimes. Continue to work on your heart. On the hope that Jesus brings into it. On the love that Jesus continues to teach us all. Put into practice all that we are being taught through these verses.
Let the love and peace of God break even the hardest heart.