Blindness is a terrible darkness

Posted: June 2, 2010 in Church, Persecuted
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I am not talking about physical blindness but spiritual blindness.  There are many who have no physical sight but can see more than many who have eyes to see.  The Bible says that until a person actively turns to Christ there is a blindness which rests upon their hearts and minds.

  • Eph 4:18 “Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:”

Sin separates us from fellowship and intimacy with God.  Sin can be like a burn.  The nerves just under the flesh are dead.  So they have no sense of touch in the area that has been damaged.

  • Rom 6:23 “For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

People are spiritually blinded because they are dead in trespasses and sins.  They live physically but they are separated and cut of from the life of God.  Because people are dead they do not see their true state before a holy God.  They don’t see there is a life that far surpasses their life here.  But they also do not fully realise there is also a death beyond this life.  The dead cannot understand the reality of what lies beyond, any more than an ant can describe what flying concord is like.  One of these will be a great blessing and the other a great horror.

Now a God who can open eyes can also close them

Blindness can also come upon a person by way of judgement

Let’s look at the sequence here:

  • 2 Kin 6:15 -17  “And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? And he answered, Fear not: for they that [be] with us [are] more than they that [be] with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain [was] full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. “

Elisha servant looked out with normal eyes and saw the city surrounded by an army.  Elisha saw more than his servant and prayed that his eyes would be open.  Then he saw that the army which was before them was surrounded by an even greater army.  Now what comes next is the judgement of God upon an unbelieving army.  Those who had eyes to see had them closed.

  • 2 Kin 6 :18 “And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the LORD, and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness. And he smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha. “

So instead of a terrible siege and a cruel battle an entire enemy was arrested and taken hostage.

  • Rom 1:22 “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,”
  • Rom 1:24 “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves”

The wise men of this world become fools.  Has this not be the case for centuries.  How often we proclaim men to be wise but in their blindness they lead people astray.

Sometimes before there is ever a physical blindness there is an inward spiritual blindness which keep people from realising their true needs.  So it was in Genesis.  Men would roam the street looking for a victim upon which they could gratify their lusts.    On this day it would be two strangers who came into town.  Unbeknown to this mob these were no ordinary strangers but angels.    Lot was a godly man.  Nice guy wrong place, He took these two angels in.  Whilst the mob clambered at his door seeking entrance, the mob was struck blind.  So they were not just spiritually blind now, they were physically blind as well. Now you would think this would have quietened the mob but alas.  As the crowd surged forward it never occurred to them that they were in fact blind.  So it says they tired themselves out trying to find the door.  There can be much striving by those who live in sin.

  • Gen 19:11 “And they smote the men that [were] at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.”

The word WEARIED means 1) to be weary, be impatient, be grieved, be offended

a) (Qal) to be weary, be impatient b) (Niphal) to be tired of something, weary oneself

c) (Hiphil) to weary, make weary, exhaust

When one is blind there is an inability to find the right door out of your circumstances. You struggle and sometimes find the wrong door.  Much strength and resources are wasted.  Only God can open the right door and lead you through.

God is more than able to open blind eyes

  • Jer 8:11 “ [Is there] no balm in Gilead; [is there] no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?”

The answer to our need is there all the time, but blindness can stop us from seeing it

When talking to people about spiritual things we should not be surprised when they fail to understand what Christ is offering them.  The best illustration I can give is when a man turns to look up a mountain.  He sees the tree line creeping their way higher, above that his vision becomes increasingly obscured by the clouds that rest on the mountain.  He is unable to see the top of the mountain let alone see over and beyond that horizon. He has no clue what lies on the opposite side.

The Bible says we have been raised to sit in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.  Somehow we have been raised to an aerial view.  We are no longer looking up but we are now are able to see down and beyond these mountains to the horizon.  We are able to search those horizons of God and are persuaded by their realities.  We have the testimony and witness of the Spirit that what we see a far of is more real than what we have left behind us.

  • Eph 2:6 “And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus:”

Now there is a reality to this.  When a Christian gets saved he is given eyes upon which to see and ears to hear.  His understanding is illuminated by the Holy Spirit so that which was previously hidden is now revealed to his mind.

  • Luk 7:19 “And John calling [unto him] two of his disciples sent [them] to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?”

I would not call trials spiritual blindness but weariness and trials can cloud the mind of even the most faithful saint.  So I will briefly include it.

John the Baptist began to doubt, we need to remember he is in a stinking hole called a prison.  There was no TV or natural comforts to pass the time away.  He was probably chained up to a wall.  It is a stinking hole were very little light or fresh air to dispel any smells. He knows his time is short.  So naturally the flesh begins to tremble.  This was a man of the wilderness used to his freedom and now locked up and confined.  His thoughts begin to wonder will this messiah rise up to deliver him from this hell hole.  So John sends Jesus a note….”as you the one”

  • Luke 7:22 “Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.”

Yes Jesus tells him scripture is being fulfilled.

Trials and difficulties are always a fact of life and Christians are not immune from them, despite what some false preachers might like to teach.  They can come to test and challenge our faith. Sometimes this is not what we want. Sometimes in the night when pain is at its worst and sleep is far from us.  Yes I believe we can find ourselves with a question or two.  Questions are not wrong provided you can find the right answer.  John was not wrong in asking and he did get the right assurance from Jesus.  In the end it is always Jesus we need to go to.

  • 2 Peter 1:10 “ Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:”
  • 2 Peter 1:9 “But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.”
  • Phil 3: 12 “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.”

For the Christian we follow the one who has apprehended us.  I am not saying that every question you have will be answered in this life.  But we to always be seeking to lay hold of the one who has already got a hold of us.

Pray that blindness does not overtake any of us and we miss out on what God has for those who follow him.  Pray that trials and weariness does not cloud our minds to the truth.

Here are just some who found themselves at times with this malady of blindness.

Judas was blinded by his greed for money.  This led him to betray Jesus.  The money did not profit him any as he took his life

Samson was blinded by his lust for the bed of Delilah and it cost him his anointing.  Eventually it cost him his life.

Saul was blinded and became disobedient and went in search of the witch of Endor.  This also cost him his life.  But it also cost him the lives of his sons as well.

Sin is not always a private affair.

Demas had a lust for the world and became blinded by its attractions, and when Paul needed Demas most, he was no where to be seen.

King David looked out one day and saw a damsel and his lust for her blinded him to everything until he possessing her.  The child that was conceived died.  The husband of the damsel he had killed and his kingdom became a kingdom divided. It was not until Nathan the prophet confronted him was the blindness broken and David saw his sin for the terrible thing it was.

Spiritual blindness can be a terrible thing to endure, for unlike physical blindness those who are struck, may not even know they are blind.

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  1. Richvision says:

    it should be Luke 7:22 not 7:32

    and I am not sure on this yet, but John had only baptized Jesus in the Jordan, and that was the last he saw of him
    Joh 1:26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;
    Joh 1:27 He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose.
    Joh 1:28 These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.

    but John did say, Joh 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
    Joh 1:30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.
    Joh 1:31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
    Joh 1:32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
    Joh 1:33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
    Joh 1:34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.

    Joh 3:27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.
    Joh 3:28 Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.
    Joh 3:29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
    Joh 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

    why would you say that John doubted?
    this was a man full of faith

    I think this was more the case of like when someone sends someone for the benefit of the messengers, not the one sending, but not really telling them its for them he is sending them.

    John Gill (I rarely quote him), but he agrees as well:
    Sent them unto Jesus, saying, art thou he that should come, or look we for another? not that he doubted that Jesus was the Messiah; nor was it for his own satisfaction so much that he sent these disciples of his with this question, but for theirs; and to remove all doubt and hesitation from them about Christ.

    and Henry also:
    All this discourse concerning John Baptist, occasioned by his sending to ask whether he was the Messiah or no, we had, much as it is here related, Mt. 11:2-19.
    I. We have here the message John Baptist sent to Christ, and the return he made to it. Observe,
    1. The great thing we are to enquire concerning Christ is whether he be he that should come to redeem and save sinners, or whether we are to look for another, Luk_7:19, Luk_7:20. We are sure that God has promised that a Saviour shall come, an anointed Saviour; we are as sure that what he has promised he will perform in its season. If this Jesus be that promised Messiah, we will receive him, and will look for no other; but, if not, we will continue our expectations, and, though he tarry, will wait for him.
    2. The faith of John Baptist himself, or at least of his disciples, wanted to be confirmed in this matter; for Christ had not yet publicly declared himself to be indeed the Christ, nay, he would not have his disciples, who knew him to be so, to speak of it, till the proofs of his being so were completed in his resurrection. The great men of the Jewish church had not owned him, nor had he gained any interest that was likely to set him upon the throne of his father David. Nothing of that power and grandeur was to be seen about him in which it was expected that the Messiah would appear; and therefore it is not strange that they should ask, Art thou the Messiah? not doubting but that, if he was not, he would direct them what other to look for.

  2. Henry :THE FAITH OF JOHN BAPTIST HIMSELF, OR AT LEAST OF HIS DISCIPLES, WANTED TO BE CONFIRMED IN THIS MATTER; FOR CHRIST HAD NOT YET PUBLICLY DECLARED HIMSELF TO BE INDEED THE CHRIST, nay, he would not have his disciples, who knew him to be so, to speak of it, till the proofs of his being so were completed in his resurrection. The great men of the Jewish church had not owned him, nor had he gained any interest that was likely to set him upon the throne of his father David. Nothing of that power and grandeur was to be seen about him in which it was expected that the Messiah would appear; and therefore it is not strange that they should ask, Art thou the Messiah? not doubting but that, if he was not, he would direct them what other to look for.
    Is that not saying the same thing?

    The question was ask “Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?” The question was posed as a question. Are you the Christ” If not to whom we do we look for. This is the language of doubt. The question needed to be answered. Jesus answered it. In all probability this was John who was asking it for himself

  3. Richvision says:

    so it was to show that John was not perfect as many claimed him to be?, also many claim that John was filled with the Holy Spirit inside him and could not sin.

  4. Would that not be perfectionim. While he certainly was filled with the Holy Spirit. We have all sinned there is none righteous not one. Would that not include John?

    I mean If I went to you and say are you richvision or do I seek another. Would that not suggest some doubt of some aspect. I dont think john doubted Jesus as a person, it was only was he the messiah.

  5. Richvision says:

    but John obviously was not born again, just like all the other disciples were not……but if they died before Jesus resurrected and then the Comforter (Holy Ghost) come, they would all go to paradise (those that repented and put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and confess Him as their Lord.

  6. The Bible says that all things work together for good to them who know the Lord. What might appear to do us harm has some eternal gain in it. Many Christians have face what some have coined the dark night of the soul. I am not sure If we can coin it like that or not. But I know we go through some humans issues. Take Justin Peters he is disabled and probably has a lot of pain. But his testimony is thst he has turned it into a blessing because it brings him closer to God. I have no doubt we will meet John the baptst in heaven. Once jesus reasured him that was all he needed and he could face what was coming. That word from Jesus was all he needed. If there was any doubts what Jesus said dispelled them. That I have no doubt.

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