They heard He was coming.
Picture it: Just outside Jericho, circa 33 A.D. Two men, blind beggars in the streets, are spending yet another day hoping for help and begging for mercy in their lives. There were no schools for the blind. There were no seeing-eye dogs. Blind men became beggars in that day and were likely not very nice looking or clean. They had it rough.
Then they heard He was coming.
Upon learning He was coming, these two blind men got out of character. They spoke up. Loudly. Repeatedly. Annoyingly. Whereas they had been off to the side, unseen, unheard, unnoticed before, that all changed because they heard He was coming.
When they yelled for Him, they recognized Who He was.....they called Him "Lord" and "Son of David." They knew His Lordship; His Kingship. They knew. And they were not about to be hushed.
And the multitude warned them that they should be quiet.
"Be quiet! Hold your peace!"
And they responded.
Yes, they responded........they got louder! All the more, they cried, "Have mercy on us, Oh, Lord, Son of David!" More loudly than before.
And this time, they got a different response. The crowd was quiet.
Jesus stopped in His tracks.
He stood still.
He called them to Himself.
He asked them what they wanted.
They addressed Him as Lord.
They said they wanted their sight.
Jesus had compassion on them.
He touched their eyes.
They received their sight immediately.
They followed Him.
All because they heard He was coming.
This post is based on observations from Matthew 20:29-34
Have you heard?
He will stop in His tracks - for you.