Slowly Getting Sight And Insight
My wife, Mary, is an artist who works in oil, acrylic, and water color, but when I take her to a museum, she not only gets inspired by the painters, she loves to check out the sculptors.
There’s something about having a piece of wet moldable clay and being able to take your fingers and fashion the clay according to your creative desires. After all, we are made in God’s image and in Genesis 2 God took some moldable clay, sculpted a man, and then breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.
Bethsaida, a village on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, was the home of Philip, Andrew, and Peter (John 1:44, 12:21). It was also the home of a blind man who had some friends who cared enough about him to lead him to Jesus.
“And entering into Bethsaida some folks were carrying a blind man to him and begging him to touch him. Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. He spit into his eyes and placed his hands on them. Then he asked, ‘Do you see anything?’
He looked up and said, ‘I see people like trees walking around.’ Again Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes, and he could see everything crystal clear. Jesus sent him home, saying, ‘Don’t’ go into the village.’” Mark 8:22-26
Again, persnickety, pious religionists will eliminate the detail that Jesus used his spit, not only to give sight to this blind man, but also earlier to clear up a speech impediment (Mark 7:32-37). Don’t leave this part of the miracle account out as your ten-year-old boys will love this detail.
Tacitus, the Roman historian, tells a story about how the Emperor Vespasian used his spit in Alexandria to heal a well-known blind man and another with a diseased hand (Tacitus, Histories, Book IV, 81). Tacitus tells this miracle story to prove that Vespasian has the favor of the Egyptian god Serapis.
Mark on the other hand, uses his account to prove Jesus is God’s true Messiah, destined to rule. Unlike Vespasian, Jesus doesn’t crave the admiration of the people. He keeps the whole miracle thing quiet.
Mark is also using this two-stage miracle to show how Jesus’ disciples don’t see things clearly spiritually the first try. In tomorrow’s devo, up in Caesarea Philippi, Jesus will open their eyes further about his true identity.
LORD, the more I work with students so they will understand your Word by tracking your Story, I realize how much I need you need to moisten their spiritual eyes and remove the hard scales so that they can have clear vision.
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