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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

On Your Mark by Dr. George O. Wood


Among the Some?

They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 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?” (Mark 8:22,23, NIV)

Peter, Andrew and Philip were all from Bethsaida, the small town tucked away on the northeastern side of the Lake of Galilee (John 1:44). So, a network of relationships existed in the town through families and friends connected with these three men.

In addition to the stories told about Jesus by these hometown disciples, the Bethsaida folk also would have heard first- and secondhand accounts of Jesus’ ministry throughout the Galilee.

But only “some” had the faith to bring their blind fellow citizen to Jesus and beg for His healing. Why didn’t all the people turn out? Bethsaida was not that big a place.

We get a clue as to how Bethsaida as a whole responded to Jesus when we read Matthew 11:20-24. The city was one of three that proved unresponsive to Jesus despite the mighty miracles He did in their midst. Jesus condemned them.

Interestingly, if you visit Israel today, you will find all that remains of these three towns are ruins.

Which group in Bethsaida would you rather identify with: the “some” who came to Jesus or the many who ignored Him?

Note the sensitivity of Jesus in taking the man by the hand — it’s an appropriate gesture of help toward a blind person. Jesus leads him outside the town because the Lord does not require the electricity of an audience to enable Him to perform a miracle. He never showboats with crowd-pleasing histrionics. Jesus exercises the care of a physician respecting the privacy of His patient.

Then something most unusual happens. Jesus spits on the man’s eyes. Why? We are not told. Perhaps the man’s eyes were dried out and Jesus re-enacts the work of creation when dry dirt was breathed upon and man became a living being. Here, Jesus takes the lifeless material of the eyeball and apparently adds needed moisture that it might see.

Obviously Jesus could just as easily have spoken healing. I suspect the Lord tailored the method of healing to the man’s need. Then Jesus provides time for the man to assess the results. Jesus asks, “Do you see anything?” He does not ask, “Can you see clearly?” Jesus already knew that this was a healing in process. It’s the only healing miracle recorded in Mark that isn’t completed instantly.

That’s an encouragement for us because sometimes the healing we receive from illness occurs over time. There is initial progress, but the healing is not yet complete.

In the town of Bethsaida where a man was receiving his sight, most of the people remained spiritually blind to who Jesus really was.

There is a blindness more debilitating and destructive than the loss of physical sight. It’s blindness of the heart, blindness to see the needs of others in family or among the needy, blindness that fails to observe our own faults and correct them, blindness to discover God’s will and purpose for our lives, and blindness that prevents us from seeing Jesus as He really is.

Will you be among the “some” who come to Jesus either for yourself or for another and ask Him to give you 20/20 vision in the eyes of your heart?

A prayer of response
Lord Jesus, help me to see You, others and myself clearly. I don’t want to be blind to what You want me to see.

GEORGE O. WOOD is general superintendent of the Assemblies of God.

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