And when he was come into the house…
In which he
dwelt, whilst at Capernaum: for he took no notice of them by the
way; but though they followed him close, and cried vehemently, he
did not stop to speak to them, or give them a cure: according to
their request, but went on his way; which he did, partly to avoid
the populace, and that he might not be seen by men, in what he did,
and partly to try their faith, and the constancy of it.
The blind men came to him;
being directed by others, into what house
he went, and where he was, and very probably with the leave of
and Jesus saith unto them, believe ye that I am able to do this?
That is, to have mercy on them, as they requested, by curing them of
their blindness; which, though not expressed, is implied, and is the
thing designed: this question is put, not as being ignorant of, or
as doubting their faith in him, which they had expressed, in calling
him the son of David; and had shown the firmness and constancy of
it, by following him, though he took no notice of them; but partly,
for the further trial of their faith, and to bring them to a more
open profession of it, as to this particular, his power to cure them
of their blindness; and partly, for the sake of those, that were in
they said unto him, yea, Lord.
They firmly believed he had power to
do it, they had not the least doubt and hesitation in their minds
about it; for though their bodily eyes were at present dark, the
eyes of their understandings were enlightened, to see and know Jesus
to be the true Messiah, David's Son, and Lord.