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The Cure For Blindness
by Wayne Blank
"through the tender mercy of our God, when the day shall dawn upon us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death" (Luke 1:78-79 RSV)
"that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit"
The apostle Paul (known as Saul prior to his conversion) is perhaps the greatest Biblical example of how knowledge alone does not provide understanding. Paul knew and taught the Scriptures, but he was blind to their purpose and meaning, the reason that he persecuted the people of the Light before he became one himself. Paul was struck down on the road to Damascus, struck blind on the road to Damascus, as an object lesson to him of how blind he actually was. It was only after the Holy Spirit came upon him later that his physical and spiritual blindness were cured (see Paul's Ministry).
"But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he journeyed he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed about him. And he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"
Fact Finder: The twelve apostles were personally taught by Jesus Christ for over 3 years. But before their eyes were opened at the end of His ministry (e.g."Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures," Luke 24:45 RSV) were even they blind to the knowledge that they had been given?