Jesus Restores Sight to a Blind Man
Daily Bible Reading – Numbers 28,29; Mark 8
Today’s Key Passage – Mark 8:22-26
In today’s key passage, a blind man is brought to Jesus asking for healing. Jesus touches the blind man and asks him if he can see, to which the blind man replies, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” Jesus then put his hands on the blind man’s eyes a second time and the man could see clearly. So why was it necessary for Jesus to touch the man’s eyes twice? Was healing this blind man too difficult for Jesus to do in one try? Obviously, since we know that God is all-powerful, this cannot be the case. God can do tremendous miracles. He created the heavens and the earth and has the power to bring the dead back to life, so I am pretty sure Jesus could have healed this man with a single touch. In fact, in some cases Jesus did not even have to touch people to heal them – he simply spoke the word and they were healed. Since we know all of this, there must be a lesson in why he chose to touch the blind man twice. There are two lessons that I learn from this story:
The first lesson I learn from this story is that not all healing will be instantaneous. Jesus will always heal us eventually from everything that ails us, but sometimes He might not choose to do it right away. Sometimes the healing will occur in stages. For example, when we are born again, we do not wake up the next day and find that we never sin again. That would be an immediate healing, and maybe some people see that, but for me the process seems to work more in stages. The longer I walk with Christ, the better I become at overcoming temptation. When I do inadvertently sin (like when I’m cut off in traffic and my flesh immediately responds in anger), I have found I am much quicker to repent of this sin than I was when I first started out. If you are hurt deeply by another person, while you may be able to forgive them rather quickly it might take some time to actually forget about the offense. We must not get discouraged if our healing is not immediate. Sometimes, Jesus chooses to heal us in steps.
The second lesson is that sometimes we do not immediately perceive things the way God wants us to perceive them. When we read an email from a friend and take offense to something that is said, it may be that our perception of what he was trying to say was simply wrong. Sometimes when we get busy, we can easily begin to look at other people as if they are “trees” instead of looking at them as the people they are. When we see others as a distraction or a burden, that is counterintuitive to how God wants us to see other people – as His children deserving of love. At times, our immediate response to situations (like feeling anger over being cut off in traffic) is due to our flesh leading us instead of our spirit leading us. When we choose to live in the spirit by keeping our focus on Christ, we can avoid many situations of having incorrect initial perceptions. Strive to see things the way God sees them, and strive to act as He would in a given situation.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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