As Jesus left the house, he was followed by two blind men crying out, “Mercy, Son of David! Mercy on us!” 28 When Jesus got home, the blind men went in with him. Jesus said to them, “Do you really believe I can do this?” They said, “Why, yes, Master!” 29 He touched their eyes and said, “Become what you believe.” 30 It happened. They saw. Then Jesus became very stern. “Don’t let a soul know how this happened.” 31 But they were hardly out the door before they started blabbing it to everyone they met. 32 Right after that, as the blind men were leaving, a man who had been struck speechless by an evil spirit was brought to Jesus. 33 As soon as Jesus threw the evil tormenting spirit out, the man talked away just as if he’d been talking all his life. The people were up on their feet applauding: “There’s never been anything like this in Israel!” 34 The Pharisees were left sputtering, “Hocus pocus. It’s nothing but hocus pocus. He’s probably made a pact with the Devil.”
First, there is faith, touch, healing – in that order
Second the Pharisees try to discredit Jesus, specifically the power by which he accomplished the healing touch and the ability to throw out the evil spirits. The leadership cannot exercise the same power that Jesus can. They do not ask how; they try to discredit the one who can.
The Message says Jesus stated become what you believe, or as other translations say it, according to your faith, will it be done to you. These events begin with faith; the substance of what is hoped for; the evidence of what is not seen. Again, the essence of what is hoped for, being certain of what we do not see. There is an essential role that we play in accessing the power available to us. Belief. Exercising it; practicing it. Believe God is who He says He is. Believe He does what He says He does. Believe you are who God says you are. Believe you can do all things through Christ Jesus. Believe the Word is active and alive in you.
Breath prayer – increase my faith, let me become. Become what is hoped, become what is not seen.