Chapter # 4 Paragraph # 2 Study # 8
September 17, 2006
Lincolnton, N.C.

<280> Thesis: The bedrock of Luke's perspective of Jesus is that He is the only hope for men. Introduction: We have made much, lately, of the use of Isaiah by Luke at the outset of his record of the works and teachings of Jesus. It has been our argument that Luke intended to present Jesus as the Second Adam Whose ultimate impact upon those who "see" Him properly in that light is the restoration of them to "Life". Last week we made the argument that the beginning of the methodology of restoration is the compulsion of attention -- the drawing of men's eyes to Jesus. However, as we made mention last week, even though Life can result from turning one's eyes to Jesus, it does not automatically do so because the "setting" of this claim is the rejection of Life by those whose eyes had seen the most of Jesus -- the Nazarenes who had rubbed shoulders with Jesus for thirty years without ever "seeing" the Truth. In the light of that fact -- though we made much of the claim that the blind can see if they turn their sightless eyes to Jesus -- we need to see what it is that the text before us adds to our understanding of the methodology of the restoration of sight to the blind. In this text we are told that there is something else involved: the ears.