"Taking the blind man by the hand, He brought him out of the village; and after spitting on his eyes and laying His hands on him, He asked him, 'Do you see anything?' And he looked up and said, 'I see men, for I see them like trees, walking around.' Then again He laid His hands on his eyes; and he looked intently and was restored, and began to see everything clearly." Mark 8:23-25 (NASB)
I love how God takes a small portion of scripture and brings something new to light. How many times I've read this story and missed this small statement. "He brought him out of the village." The KJV reads, "He took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town."
Jesus could have touched the blind man right there in Bethsaida. The man's friends had brought him to Jesus for that very thing.
"And they came to Bethsaida. And they brought a blind man to Jesus and implored Him to touch him." Mark 8:22
Jesus chose to take the man's hand and lead him outside of the town before healing him. The story relates an instance of progressive healing. He could have healed his blindness with the spoken word. He could have touched him. But He chose to give him a little vision at first.
Jesus spit on the man's eyes, then lay His hands upon him. Pretty unorthodox. I like to think the DNA of Jesus was put upon (or into) the man at this point.
Now the man could see, but not clearly. Then Jesus touched his eyes, the point where he needed healing, and told him to look up. And the man was restored.
In reading this scripture, please don't miss what the blind man did. First, he came to Jesus. Next he allowed Jesus to take him somewhere he couldn't see. He trusted Jesus to keep him from stumbling over unseen obstacles.
He submitted to being spit in the eye. The man and his friends had come to Jesus because of his reputation (aka testimony). They believed He had the power to supernaturally meet their desires, restoration of sight to the blind, They were desperate for this impossible need to be met. So, the act that would be seen by men as a curse, became the avenue of the man's healing.
The blind man stayed with Jesus until he was completely healed. He didn't settle for partial vision and be content with that. Then Jesus put His hands directly on the man's eyes and told him to look up. The man obeyed Jesus and his full vision was restored.
Oh, the blessing of walking with Jesus, of trusting Him to lead us safely "out of town," of submitting to the plan he has, even if it involves humbling ourselves. When we "trust and obey" the door to full restoration is wide open for us.
Thank You for Jesus and the encouragement we receive from His examples in Scripture. Thank You, Jesus, for leading us out of the world, for revealing Yourself to us and restoring us. Oh, LORD, may we not settle for partial sight. May we cling to You through all the experiences in our lives until that day when full vision is restored and we see You face to face. Amen
by Marilyn Allison