Wednesday 22 July, 2015

Mark 8:22-26

22 They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?” 24 He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” 25 Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26 Jesus sent him home, saying, “Don’t even go into the village.”

I love how physical this healing is. There is nothing neat about this process.

Jesus, the Son of God, spits on this man’s eyes… Really? Almighty God doesn’t pick a cleaner or more clinical option? Perhaps a more spiritual  alternative? Why?

It says Jesus lays hands on the man’s eyes more than once, and even asks him part way through, “do you see anything?” It’s so everyday, so grounded… Yet the results are miraculous. No sight. Sight. Dependent. Independent. Isolated. Connected. Wow!

Am I trusting God, that He can move in the everyday and the ordinary, to do the miraculous? Am I looking for God to turn up in the mess and mundane of life? Do I dare to believe that God is more than comfortable in humble circumstances?

God, help me to expect more of you and to trust that you are the one who brings the super to my natural. Help me to step out in the everyday and trust that you will bring the extraordinary. Amen!

Written by Beth Waugh

4 replies
  1. Kim Fleming says:

    Great thought Beth. I love how Jesus uses the natural & not always the high & mighty alternative to grt the job done. Jesus, help me tonot always seek after the high things u can do, but also look for miracles tha arevery down
    to earth.

  2. Richard says:

    Mark 8:22-26

    Once again we read of an interaction between Jesus and a person who He changes for all time. This man is brought to Jesus by friends, Jesus heals him in what is an unconventional manner and then sends him home, but not via the village they left prior to him healing the man.

    That Jesus heals the man is simply amazing. Restoring the sight of a blind person is an exceptional miracle. This is not common practice, not something ever recorded in the Old Testament and it marks Jesus out as specifically different to previous prophets. Indeed healing blind people is not common by Jesus either.

    What excites me is that this man is brought by friends. Restoring sight is uncommon, yet the friends hold a belief that Jesus can do something about it. I wonder what they were thinking, nonetheless, they had faith, that had a belief Jesus could do something.

    Having friends who have faith, who take risky steps on my behalf is crucial to me experiencing all Jesus has for me. Am I one of those kinds of friends?

    Father help me to give permission to my fiends to have outrageous faith for me and may I always have that same quality of faith for them.

  3. Justin Ware says:

    There are lots of interesting things that I have observed in this passage in the past that have applications for me:
    – the man did not ask to be healed
    – the friends of the man had the faith to bring him to Jesus
    – there is no record of Jesus talking with the man until after spitting on his eyes
    – the man’s healing happened in stages

    The thing that has stood out afresh in my reading today though is that here, as in many other instances of healing, Jesus sent the man away from other people to his home rather than into the village where others could witness the miracle.
    I have often wondered why Jesus continually did this in his ministry. Didnt he want as many people as possible to have restoration of their body? Didn’t he want to demonstrate the power that he had been granted? Didn’t he want to fulfill the prophesies about him in every town to clearly show that he was indeed the promised messiah?
    I don’t know the answers, but I wonder if he had an awareness of the need for him to accomplish certain tasks before going to the big city of Jerusalem and revealing himself clearly. Perhaps he knew that he needed to be measured in the way that he used his power and anointing so as not to distract from the main task that he had been appointed- to die for the forgiveness of all sins.
    What a challenge it would be for a merciful God to withold healing through Christ from anybody in the area!
    what does this mean for me today? I have often struggled with the tension between my calling to living in a city with a high cost of living and the deep and significant financial need around the world. Am I right to withold my finances from those who are dying from poverty so that I can afford to live in Sydney? The same is true, to a great extent, of my time and even of my energy resources.
    Lord, thank you for showing me how Jesus had to steward his own skills and abilities and practice restraint to enable him to do what you called him to. Please help me to be a better steward so that I can be the best witness for you that I can be.

  4. David Newton says:

    I have always wondered what “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” actually means. There are a few cases in the Bible where the weird workings of the spiritual realm intersect the rational logical natural world. I think this is one of those times.

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