Deuteronomy 27:18 Leading The Blind

Blind man walking

“Cursed is anyone who leads the blind astray on the road.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!” Deuteronomy 27:18

God had the Israelites gather on two different mountains. On one side, the people would call out various curses, while on the other mountain, the people would agree to those curses. They would call out different things that people may do that would get them cursed by God. One of these was leading a blind person down the wrong path as he is walking on road.

It is a fairly common rule to not lead a blind person astray any where he is. People are generally kind enough to lead a blind person correctly, at least physically. There are some people who are cruel enough to lead a physically blind person down a wrong path, but those are not very many.

However, there is a different type of blindness that people have that the majority of people are quick to lead down a wrong path. That blindness is a spiritual blindness. Every person has this blindness at the beginning of life, and continue to have it until they turn to Jesus.

While having the correct heart in trying to help those who are spiritually blind, many people end up leading them down the wrong path. They themselves are often spiritually blind.

This is done by many people in the church, who are believers. They focus on following the rules of God, and forget about the mercy and grace of God in the life of a person. They are quick to condemn a person, rather than guide them to God’s great love and show them love.

These are just a couple of ways that people lead a blind person down the wrong path. They are focusing on actions and sin, rather than on Jesus and love. While their heart may be trying to do right, they are doing harm.

As a believer, your first focus should be on Jesus and pointing people to Him. This focus should show the love, mercy and grace that Jesus has for you and everyone else. No person can follow every rule perfectly, otherwise, Jesus would never have had to come.

Every person needs that love, mercy and grace just as much as you needed it. Be careful not lead others down the wrong path while they are still blind. Do not be spiritually blind yourself. Jesus is the light, so show the light.

I pray today that you will know the light of Jesus; that you will not be spiritually blind; that God will open your spiritual eyes to see clearly; and that God will guide you in leading others correctly. 

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