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The next miracle in our series is  Healing The Bethsaida Blind Man …This miracle is recorded for us in Mark 8:22-26

In this miraculous healing by Christ, we have a very different method used to perform this healing from all the others we have studied so far.  Note how the performance of this miracle is described: “And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.  After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.”

One of the obvious questions that comes to mind is Why?  Why, did He choose to heal this man in such an unorthodox way?  It is obvious, Christ could have simply spoken the Word and this man would have been healed but He did it another way.  The Bible does not address why He did things this way, all I can do is share with you what has been placed on my heart without being able to “prove” this is His purpose through the Scriptures.

I believe that the method Christ employed in this healing is representative of His work of salvation. This work of salvation results in the lost man’s spiritually blinded eyes being opened and understanding of the things of God.

Let’s take each point one at a time:

  1. This man is brought to Christ by others… the evangelization of this lost man by Christians.
  2. This man is blind …  his blindness to the things of God.
  3. The desire of those who bring him is for Christ to touch him…. Christians are unable to save the lost but must totally rely on Christ’s intervention.
  4. Christ takes the hand of the blind man and leads him out of town – Christ now begins to work in this man life bringing him to Himself by removing all the hindrances of the lost world.
  5. Christ spit on his eyes… the application of the Word (proceeding from His mouth)
  6. Christ put His hands upon him …. The operation of the Spirit applying the Word
  7. He asked him if he saw as he ought …. Christ shows the man his spiritual need as the Word is received MENTALLY and begins to take effect in His life.
  8. He answers he saw men as trees walking …. a lost man who has received God’s word sees his need and the remedy Christ, without actually being given clear sight and      understanding.  This is how Christ called us prior to regeneration, through conviction and the revelation of Himself.
  9. Christ then touches Him, rubbing in the spittle… the effectual call to salvation, as Christ applies the Word to the HEART and SPIRIT, bringing us to Himself and      working repentance and belief.
  10. This man now sees clearly… picturing the opening of his blinded eyes, as a new creature in Christ, able to understand and clearly see the things of God in His Word.

If we are saved, let us stop and think back to our salvation experience and how the Lord intervened in our lives and brought us to Himself.  Let us praise and honor Him for working His GREATEST of miracles in our hearts.

If you have never received God’s gracious salvation… look to Him through His Word, come to  Him realizing you have sinned and can do nothing to gain salvation of your own merit.  Turn from your sin and place your trust in Him.  Accept Him not only as your Savior, but the Lord of your life as well.  This is what genuine, God-given salvation is all about.

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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  1. Great post!! And great insights on the way its tied to Salvation! Thanks for sharing.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Thanks for the kind words… It certainly is a blessing to come to a greater understanding of how the Lord works in our hearts bringing us to Himself. Lord bless you.

  2. Lyn Leahz says:

    Thanks for liking my website,! I’m an author, and I love the Lord with all of my heart!

  3. Something to think on…but why do you think Jesus does this just the one time? Diane

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Thats a great question, Diane. I really do not have the answer to it. He certainly was the greatest teacher of all time… therefore, I’m sure He did have a reason and it was the best possible way to handle things…. I just can’t begin to explain to you why. Sorry, Lord bless you!

      • I guess it’s just a point to say everyone is not ‘treated’ or dealt with by God in the same way that someone else might be.We are individuals and he meets us where we are at and what we are going through. Just a thought….Diane

  4. Good tie-in with steps of salvation, Rob.
    I am thankful God treats each of us individually. Life in Christ is an adventure – not something robotic. While God is never surprised, I AM. He constantly surprises me by doing something unexpectedly.

    What an amazing God!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Angela, Thats a great point I missed entirely…. it is a great thing when we see Christ using different methods to accomplish the same basic goals…. there’s a message in that somewhere! Lord bless.

  5. Debbie says:

    I loved how you showed us point by point about salvation through these verses! Wonderful word, Pastor Rob! God bless you!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Debbie, The Lord was really good to us in this example… when I look back at my salvatioin experience… it was much the same as the example. It may not have been that way for everyone… but my guess is that for most poeple it was very similar. Lord bless…

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