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May 23, 2022

The Healing of a Blind Man

Mark 8:22 And they came to Bethsaida. And they brought to Him a blind man and entreated Him to touch him. 23 And He took hold of the hand of the blind man and led him forth outside the village. And He spat on his eyes and laid His hands on him and asked him, Do you see anything? 24 And he looked up and said, I see men, for I see them as trees, walking. 25 Then again He laid His hands upon his eyes, and the man looked intently and was restored, and he began to see all things clearly. Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, to turn them from darkness to light and from the authority of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.

This blind man signifies one who has lost his inner sight, one blinded spiritually (Acts 26:18; 2 Pet. 1:9). By taking hold of the blind man's hand the Slave-Savior expressed His intimate and loving care in His humanity for the needy one. The Lord took the blind man outside the village. This may indicate that the Slave-Savior would not let what He intended to do for this blind man be seen and known by the crowd, since He later charged him not even to enter into the village (v. 26). Spiritually, this may also indicate that the Slave-Savior wanted the blind man to have a private and intimate time with Him so that He could infuse him with the element that could recover his sight. All who are spiritually blind need such a time with the Slave-Savior. For this further particular healing, the Lord then spit in the blind man's eyes and laid His hands on him. Blindness is related to darkness (Acts 26:18). For sight there is the need of light. The Slave-Savior's spittle may signify the word that proceeds out of His mouth, a word that conveys the divine light of life to the receiver for the recovery of his sight. The significance of such spitting of the Slave-Savior, plus that of His laying on of hands, was much richer than the significance of His touch. Those who wanted to help the blind man requested only the Lord's touch. The Lord's laying His hands on the blind man indicates His identification with him in order to transfuse His healing element into him. Verse 25 says, "Then again He laid His hands upon his eyes, and he looked intently and was restored, and he saw all things clearly." This may indicate that after we receive the complete healing of our eyes, we have a clear view concerning the things of God. (c) Living Stream Ministry.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Mark, pp. 211-212. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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