Mark 8: 22-26….We need clear vision!

And they came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him. And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?” And he looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like trees, walking.” Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. And he sent him to his home, saying, “Do not even enter the village.”

Comment: Jesus had in yesterday’s passage questioned his followers ability to see through things. He had healed blind people before, even by spitting and touching their eyes. But this time after the first touch the guy could see, but his vision was unclear and distorted. So Jesus touched him again and he saw, it says, clearly. Do we need a second touch to our understanding? I find it possibly significant that the events follow one upon the other! I certainly can see much better since my cataract surgery!

It seems as if Jesus again tries not to be mobbed by masses when he tells the man not even to go back into the village. Remember that the time for His crucifixion is drawing near and the Pharisees are on the hunt to destroy Him.

Prayer: Help me to get all that You have for me in Your Word, O God.

One thought on “Mark 8: 22-26….We need clear vision!

  1. Thank you Barry for your comments on this passage. Jesus always heals blind people in a slightly different way each time. Perhaps to make each healing personal to that particular person. It has always been men who have been healed from blindness. I don’t recall any story of a woman being healed from blindness. Jesus usually asks the healed person not to tell others what has happened, because, as you said, the Pharisees were hunting him down wanting to kill him. But it seems as if the joy of being healed is too great to keep to oneself, so the news is most often shared abroad, which is understandable. God bless you.

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