“….as Jesus approached Jericho, there was a certain blind man…” v35a
The narrative of the blind man on Jericho road unveils for learning two striking realities.
On the first premise, the story stated “…as Jesus approached Jericho…“, providing us a vivid description of the environment this event took place; It is along the road to Jericho.
The characteristics of this highway is worthy of a highlight. Jesus himself, through a parable gave us insight into the nature of this road as a notoriously ruthless and dangerous terrain.
“Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.” Luke 10:25
This journey across the Judean Desert began from Jerusalem, approximately 2500 feet above sea level, to Jericho at 825 feet below sea level. In that short geographical distance, the descent was approximately 3325 feet. Such a dramatic change in height across a rugged terrain resulted in a rapid shift in environmental conditions. Thus for anyone making this journey, it was both exhausting and dangerous.
But this road was rocky, rough and hazardous. One section of the Jericho Road was known as the Way of Blood because many people were robbed and killed there.
Such an environment as the road to Jericho is a perfect description of our journey of life –rocky, rough and hazardous; Life is a perilous and dangerous journey, and our adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. 1 Peter 5:8
Therefore, if you have no vision in life, you are a man with an ISSUE of blood; someone to be plundered, robbed and killed. God forbid!
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. John 10:10
So we can see so clearly that, this terrain is not an environment where one ought to find himself blind. This life is full of ruthless and heartless individuals, –individuals that preys on the weak and exploits the lonely.
But glory be to God, He has not left you without aid, nor abandoned you without help. Although your path may be rocky and rough, He is able to make it a plain – Isaiah 40:4; and though the journey is getting crooked and dangerous, behold He is with you, and He says, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Hebrews 13:5.
Secondly, the story continued with an unfortunate reality “there was a certain blind man…”
How miserable and so unfortunate for him; to be blind, in a dangerous place, and be surrounded by lions?
The journey of Life; as such as Jericho road is a place only the brave and the strong can survive. It is a colossal danger and pitiable condition to walk it blind – visionless. Yet, blind Bartimaeus helplessly found himself on this perilous plain. He was robbed daily of his inadequate income;
For Bartimaeus, it was double trouble – he was blind, and found himself on danger zone. So also is any man running the race of life visionless; it is like running on a rocky and thorny road blindfolded – what an apparent calamity?
To be Visionless in life puts you in harm’s way, and opens you up to multiple afflictions which includes poverty.
God is good, and He has provisioned a lamp and a light for everyone He sends on the journey on the highway of life – even you and I are not left out.
Therefore, you are not meant to be visionless.
Find out that lamp that is yours, and trim its light to run the race set before you.
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105
A loss of sight means a loss of perception and a lack of judgement about life.
What word have you received from God that you can say is the reason for which you are living?
What specific instruction from heaven is the occasion for your occupation?
What possession of divine reality can you boast about as the reason for your profession?
Are you running your own race, on your own track, or you are running another man’s?
Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called
To a blind man everything becomes what people around him defines it to be; everything means what they say it mean.
Being blind means you lack reason for living, which is, a lack of sense and purpose in life. A visionless life is a life given to blind chance. No blind man can walk as fast and as far as a man with vision.
A visionless life is a very difficult life. A physically blind man lives such a difficult life, so much more that to even move around his immediate environment is hard and with potential hazards. To walk an unknown path is so risky and to journey to a new destination is suicidal.
A visionless life is a very dangerous life. It is a life full of untold hardship; full of struggle; full of challenges; full of troubles.
A visionless life is a limited life; a life full of restraints, a life full of constraints.
Are you visionless? Do not loose heart. God is able to bring you out of darkness and break every chain of limitation around you.
Psalm 107:13-14 –New International Version (NIV)
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains.
May every occasion of blindness that has brought limitation of any sort upon your life be impacted with sight in Jesus Name!