July 26, 2018

Mark 8:22–26 (NLT) — 22 When they arrived at Bethsaida, some people brought a blind man to Jesus, and they begged him to touch the man and heal him. 23 Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village. Then, spitting on the man’s eyes, he laid his hands on him and asked, “Can you see anything now?” 24 The man looked around. “Yes,” he said, “I see people, but I can’t see them very clearly. They look like trees walking around.” 25 Then Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes again, and his eyes were opened. His sight was completely restored, and he could see everything clearly. 26 Jesus sent him away, saying, “Don’t go back into the village on your way home.”

When you read this story perhaps four questions come to mind.

Why did the people beg Jesus to heal the blind man? Why did Jesus take the man out of the city? Why didn’t the man see clearly after one touch? Why did Jesus say don’t go back into the city on your way home?

Perhaps a little background on the city of Bethsaida will answer all four questions for you. The city of Bethsaida had already been judged for its unbelief >

Matthew 11:21–24 (NLT) — 21 “What sorrow awaits you, Korazin and Bethsaida! For if the miracles I did in you had been done in wicked Tyre and Sidon, their people would have repented of their sins long ago, clothing themselves in burlap and throwing ashes on their heads to show their remorse. 22 I tell you, Tyre and Sidon will be better off on judgment day than you. 23 “And you people of Capernaum, will you be honored in heaven? No, you will go down to the place of the dead. For if the miracles I did for you had been done in wicked Sodom, it would still be here today. 24 I tell you, even Sodom will be better off on judgment day than you.”

Maybe because this judgment for their earlier unbelief they felt they had to beg Jesus to heal the blind man. I am guessing Jesus took the man out of the city to get him out of the atmosphere of unbelief; just like the word of God begins to take us out of our atmosphere of unbelief when we first hear it and begin to believe. Our eyes begin to open to the truth. We don’t see clearly all at once everything that God has done for us and promised to us and expects of us. But the more we hang out with the word things become clearer >

Proverbs 4:18 (NLT) — 18 The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.

Once we know the truth why go back into an unbelieving atmosphere. We can’t hang out with the old crowd anymore. Sure we can witness to them but we cannot let them influence us to be involved in the old ways. We must be the influencing factor. That is how we can gauge how much we can hang out with unbeliever. If they are influencing us we must leave. If we are the greater influence, fine. What you listen to the longest will become the strongest in you life. We must listen to the Word and let the Word take us by the hand and lead us.

How is your faith today? Are you spending time in and with the Word? Does the Word have a good grip on you and able to lead you in the right direction? The cool thing about the blind man was that he let Jesus lead him and once his eyes were opened he obeyed him. Are you that cool?

Be Inspired Hilltop!


  1. Mary Anne Frank says

    Thank you Pastor Dan for your insights into this passage. I have always wondered about this. It didn’t seem to make sense. But now I see more clearly!