Wednesday, December 23, 2009

It Took A Second Time

This is one of those stories that always bothers me.

Mark 8:22-26 ~ They arrived at Bethsaida. Some people brought a sightless man and begged Jesus to give him a healing touch. Taking him by the hand, He led him out of the village. He put spit in the man’s eyes, laid hands on him, and asked, “Do you see anything?”
He looked up. “I see men. They look like walking trees.”
So Jesus laid hands on his eyes again. The man looked hard and realized that he had recovered perfect sight, saw everything in bright, twenty-twenty focus. Jesus sent him straight home, telling him, “Don’t enter the village.” (MSG)

One of the first questions I want to ask God when I get to heaven, why did it take two times for this to happen. I refuse to believe that Jesus had trouble healing this person, so what was it? There's no other story where this happens. Some people even are healed by Jesus without Him knowing about it (the woman with the issue of blood touched Jesus' clothes and was healed, Jesus had to ask who touched Him). So why the intermediary "people looking like trees" step? Was the man's blindness healed, but he was near-sighted so Jesus fixed that the second time?

So many questions...


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