This was the perfect scenario for a miracle. The man had faith for his healing and Jesus placed the spittle in his eyes and laid hands on him. Yet, the first touch was not enough and the man did not receive total sight. Again, this miracle didn’t come instantly, rather in stages.
By Steve Warman
Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.
– F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
At a place called Bethsaida, concerned, loving friends brought a blind man to Jesus and “… besought him to touch him “(Mark 8:22).
This person was not just casually interested in coming in contact with the Healer. He and his friends believed with all their hearts if somehow Jesus would simply reach out and “touch” him, his sight would be restored.
These were not just over-zealous believers dragging along an unsuspecting blind man. He really wanted the hand of God to work in his life.
Away From the Crowds
The response of Jesus must have come as quite a surprise. Instead of reaching out to touch the eyes of the blind man and perform an instant miracle, the Lord had a different plan. “Taking him by the hand, he led him out of the village” (v.23).
You see, Jesus deals with each individual personally—and not all in the exact same manner.
Here we find the Son of God giving time and attention to a sightless man, moving him Jesus deals with each individual friends to avoid curiosity seekers or exciting the public.
By leading the man out of the town, Jesus was really removing him from his comfort zone. No doubt at some point in his life a caring person had taken him by the hand and marked off the steps to the corner. He knew that town as well, if not better, than anyone. Twelve steps to the right is the market. Turn left and take thirty-three steps from there and you will be at the synagogue—and so on.
Jesus guided this individual out of the city and into the unfamiliar. In truth, the blind man would need to receive a miracle just to find his way home!
If you feel like you have been led by the Lord into a place you do not recognize, don’t feel overwhelmed or panic. Just realize God is about to perform an awesome act in your life.
“Can You See Anything?”
When it came time for the Lord to deal with this man’s blindness, He proceeded to operate in an even more unorthodox fashion. The Bible says Jesus, “…spit on his eyes, and put his hands
This healing was unique among those recorded in scripture. In fact, it came in stages. The first step used by the Lord was to apply moisture from His own mouth to the eyes of the man. In other words, Jesus gave part of Himself—and the efficacy of His own person—to bring healing. Virtue flowed from His body.