Mon, 5 November 2012
November 4, 2012
Even the Blind Can See
Synopsis: In the Gospel of Mark Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem actually starts at Bethsaida (house of fishing) which is located on the northern end of the Sea of Galilee. In chapter 8 Mark records some defining moments as Jesus deals with the demands of the Pharisees and the needs of his disciples and those in need around Him.
Jesus refuses to give the Pharisees the miraculous signs they demanded. Then Mark tells of a blind man that was brought to Jesus. Jesus took him outside of the village and healed him in a two step process and told him not to return to the village.
Two questions come from this text that I think is repeated all the way to Jerusalem. Can you see? Can you see clearly? Jesus asked the disciples who people say He was. Then he wanted to know who they say He is?
The section ends with another story of healing a blind man. This time He and the disciples were traveling through Jericho. Bartimaeus calls out to Jesus wanting to see. Jesus said, his faith has made him well and Bartimaeus followed Jesus on down the road to Jerusalem.
Scripture Text (NLT): Matthew 11:4-6; Mark 8:11-13; 8:22-26; 8:34-38; 9:21-24; 10:45, 46-52;