And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him.…
The time of this transaction was critical. He never was to come that way again. It was necessary for these blind men to be by the way while Jesus was passing. Had they been elsewhere they could not have received their sight. They caught the first sound of the approaching Saviour. Some men are too buried in their merchandize to know that He is passing. It is not enough to sit idly by the way side. These men made no demands but for mercy.
1. Their earnestness. They felt their need.
2. The difference between the unfeeling multitude and the compassionate Saviour. Put thine ear to the gospel and listen. "He calleth thee."
(E. Griffin, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed him.