So I got the audio Bible so I could listen to it today at work. I decided to start with Mark. Not sure why I did, but I did. I am working and listening and got to Mark 8 when versus 24 stood out.
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 go into the village.”
This miracle is different from every other of Jesus’ miracles I have read about.
We start with Jesus taking the man out of the town. Commentaries mention that this might be because they need more room. At first I can buy that argument.
Next, Jesus spits on the man’s eyes and put His hands on him and asks if he can see anything. I know Jesus doesn’t need to spit to heal the man, but it might have helped the man’s faith. Jesus would know if He healed the man, so why ask him? This is where I start to wonder.
Now, the man can see something. He can see people that look like trees walking around. From his answer, you know he had sight before. Otherwise, he would not know what people or trees looked like, plus the whole walking motion.
Then, Jesus puts His hands on the man’s eyes again and the man has perfect vision. Notice he didn’t ask if the man could see this time. He knew he could.
Here is my problem with this miracle. Why does Jesus need to heal the man twice for him to get his vision back? He doesn’t. With a word He can raise the dead, so I seriously doubt that this man’s eye issues were more difficult that a person being dead and coming back to life. It doesn’t make sense. Maybe.
The man looked up. It never said that Jesus laid him down. Jesus and the man were standing while the healing was taken place. In the sky, or at least above ground level, he saw people shapes that looked like trees but were moving around. What if he was seeing into the spirit.
Jesus took the man out of the village and told him not to go back into it. That gives reason to believe the village was part of the problem. Outside the village, he sees giant people shaped tree things moving around. The second time around, he doesn’t see them. Did they go away? No, he is now seeing in the natural.
The Bible talks about how struggles in the spirit effect the natural. Bind on Earth and you bind in Heaven, there is a connection between the two. I think Mark was giving us a glimpse into what seeing in the spirit looks like.