Deuteronomy 27: Spiritual Blindness

Deuteronomy 27 is not a very uplifting chapter. Essentially, it is a list of curses that will be held against people if they commit certain types of offenses. I want to pull out one in particular for you today because I think that there can be a few applications drawn from it.

Deu 27:18  Cursed be he that maketh the blind to wander out of the way. And all the people shall say, Amen.

I do have to think that the original intent of this verse was literal. If people cannot see a where they are going, it is not nice or helpful to try to divert them from that path.

However, I can’t help but think about those who are spiritually blind.

2Co 4:4  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

There are millions of people who are spiritually blind in the world, and I can’t help but think how much worse it is to lead them off of the path. The path I’m referring to is naturally Jesus Christ who is the Way.

As Christians, we are supposed to be guides that help people find God. If people ask us questions, we are supposed to point them towards salvation through the death of Jesus Christ.

Mat 5:14  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Now, if you’re blind, you are surrounded by darkness. You cannot see anything. However, if you were to get your vision back, light would probably be the first thing that hit your eye.

It is not that hard to see how this all fits together. We need to make sure that we are leading people the right way. It is not a good thing to drive people away from God. In fact, when they see the way we live, they should notice that there is something different. Even though this passage is probably talking about literal blindness, we need to consider what we are doing for those who are spiritually blind.

About Zak Schmoll

Zak Schmoll is the founder of Entering the Public Square, and Managing Editor of An Unexpected Journal. He earned his MA in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and is currently a PhD student in Humanities at Faulkner University. His work has been featured on several websites including The Federalist, Public Discourse and the Fourth World Journal.

Posted on January 18, 2013, in Deuteronomy and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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