The certain man on the road to Jericho was blind. He was a beggar, and from the sound of what Luke related, not a highly regarded one. He could not see the commotion, but he could hear it. So, he asked what was going on. I imagine that he was told reluctantly that Jesus was passing by.
The certain blind man called out to Jesus for mercy. The crowd tried to quiet him. Instead of being silent, like the crowd shouted to him, he cried out all the more for mercy.
Jesus asked, “What do you want Me to do for you?” “Lord, that I may receive my sight.” Jesus does for the man exactly what he asked for. It might do well to note what the blind man didn’t ask for; doing so reinforces what’s going on in this text, so note well that he didn’t ask for riches and fame—he didn’t even want a better reputation among the people of Jericho. He didn’t ask for food and drink. He didn’t beg for the things that the other passers-by could give him. In mercy, he asked for his sight, and Jesus obliged.