Lesson 204-January 12, 2020
Lesson: “I Can See Clearly Now”
Scripture: Mark 8:22-26
Lesson Goal: To help better understand who Jesus is.
Introduction: The miracle recorded in today’s Scripture passage is recorded only by Mark. Notice in his writing where this miracle is positioned in the Scripture. Notice what happened just before this miracle and notice what happened immediately following this miracle. Mark, under the sovereign hand of God as he writes under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit tells us about the healing of a blind man near Bethsaida. The healing of this blind man is also unique because “it is the only record of Jesus healing in stages” (Life Appli-cation Bible Commentary). Today in our study we will look at the historical account of this healing, as well as the spiritual importance of the manner and method of the miracle as it pertained to the disciples and to us to-day.
(v22) Then He came to Bethsaida and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him.
(v22a) Jesus and the disciples arrive back on the northeast shore of the Sea of Galilee at “Bethsaida.”
As we have seen many times in our study, once again we find someone in need of healing being brought to Jesus.
(v22b) And they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him.
Once again we see someone in great need (“blind man”) being brought to Jesus.
“They”-These that brought the blind man are not formally identified in Scripture. We find in the gospels those people that remain nameless (anonymous) but show great concern, love, and compassion for others. They are the people that are willing to give their time, efforts, love, and labor to help others.
Questions: Can you think of those today that are willing to help others?
Can you identify someone in your class today that has given their time, efforts, love, and labor to help others.
Have you ever been the beneficiary of such love and kindness? Please explain.
How can our Life Focus classes minister in such a way to others?
How can we still bring people to Jesus today?
“begged Him” – “Implored”- “Entreat”- “Plead”
In these words and meanings we see the sincerity, honest desire, hope, desperation of those that brought the blind man.
Question: What else can be conveyed in the fact that they “begged” Jesus to touch him?
(v23) So 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 on him, He asked him if he saw anything.
We clearly notice Jesus personal touch “He took the blind man by the hand.” Please offer your thoughts based upon Scripture and your own journey of life, what it means to take the hand of Jesus. What does touch mean to a blind person?
Jesus led the blind man “out of the town.” What are some possible reasons that Jesus led him out of the town?
(v23b) And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything.
Question: Can you recall any other time that Jesus used saliva or spittle in the healing process?
Jesus places “His hands on him.” What did Jesus ask the man? Please reflect on Jesus simple question. In that question Jesus is going to teach a profound truth (nugget).
Before moving on to verse four, let me ask you a question. In all likelihood, who would have heard Jesus’ question to the blind man?
(v24) And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.”
Question: What is conveyed by the man’s response? He is no longer blind but can he see clearly?
“I see men like trees walking.” Some commentators offer that this man had at one time been able to see based on his response while others attribute his response to his own sense of touch being able to distinguish size and feel between that of trees and men. The point of emphasis is that the man can see but things are still not in fo-cus. He’s no longer blind but he’s still not able to see clearly.
(v25) Then He put His hands on his eyes and made him to look up, And he was restored and saw everything clearly.
In this we understand this miracle came in two stages but one completed miracle. We must remember that God is sovereign and purposeful. He is not obligated or bound to do every miracle the same or in like manner. God has His beautiful purpose and plan at work even when it does not fit into our own prescribed and preconceived boxes. The manner in which Jesus did this miracle had nothing to do with His inability or lack of
power. Also it had nothing to do with the man’s lack of or abundance of faith. It was simply by the plan and purposes of God that Jesus would heal him in such a way!
Now I direct your attention back to the question of verse 23b, “And when Jesus had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything.”
The miracle that was for the blind man’s physical eyes was also to be a great lesson for the disciples spiritual eyes. “Jesus healing of the blind man in stages paralleled the disciples imperfect perception of Jesus. Like the man they were no longer blind (v24) but they could not see clearly either” (Believers Study Bible).
The disciples spiritual vision was a work in progress. Clarity would begin to come as offered for us in the verses that follow today’s Scripture passage. But ultimately it would take the cross, the resurrection of Jesus (This Changes Everything!) and the Holy Spirit’s coming at Pentecost to bring the spiritual vision and clarity that the disciples needed.
These disciples are beginning to see just like this blind man. The truths that Jesus taught them did not all come immediately but were often received gradually. There were those times when the disciples lost focus but they were on a journey that would lead to clearer vision of the truth taught them by Jesus.
(v26) Then He sent him away to his home, saying, “Neither go into town, nor tell anyone in the town.”
Jesus sent him home with a command not to go into or tell anyone in the town.
This miracle was for this man, his physical sight and it was for the disciples their spiritual sight. Both for the purpose of seeing clearly.