Eyes of Understanding
August 8, 2021
The Eyes of Understanding
Following the Servant
“Blindness was one of the great curses of the East. It was caused partly by ophthalmia and partly by the pitiless glare of the sun. It was greatly aggravated by the fact that people knew nothing of hygiene and of cleanliness. It was common to see a person with matter-encrusted eyes on which the flies persistently settled. Naturally this carried the infection far and wide, and blindness was a scourge.” -William Barclay
In chapter 8, we’ve come to the midpoint and the climax of the book of Mark. In chapters 1-8, the main question is: Who is Jesus? Peter gives us the answer in the next section (8:27-38). In these verses, there’s a healing miracle that is one of two miracles only recorded in the Gospel of Mark (the other is the healing of the deaf mute in 7:31-37). This miracle is very unique because, at least it seems, to not work the first time. It is a visual parable that is historically true and symbolizes the spiritual pilgrimage of the disciples. It also serves as a bridge between the last section (8:1-21) and the next.
- We are all
Why is the account of this healing sandwiched in between these two sections?
This isn’t just a miracle, it’s also .
When we think of who the disciples and the Pharisees represent in their spiritual blindness, it’s !
- Even when our sight is cleared up enough to have a relationship with God through Jesus, it’s still not clear enough to never sin again.
The Progression Of Paul’s View Of Himself
“I don’t think I’m in the least inferior to those ‘super-apostles.’” 2 Corinthians 11:5
“. . . the very least of all the saints.” Ephesians 3:8
“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all.” 1 Timothy 1:15
The more he grew in Christ, the clearer it seems he saw his own sinfulness.
Spiritual sight is ultimately a .
Coming to faith in Christ and having your life changed by Him, is not like .
- We’re blind to .
We absolutely need Jesus, or !
How To Be Healed Of Our Blindness:
Spiritual sight is restored when we receive Christ and then a process begins. The Bible calls this process .
“This historic miracle is a parable of spiritual reality. The progressive healing of the blind man reveals to us that God sometimes heals us in stages. We may and must ask for spiritual growth; but we must not lay down guidelines as to how God ought to produce this. We must not, for example, ask God to develop our spiritual lives, and then when he pulls out the shears and begins to prune say, “No, Lord, you can’t do it that way!” Do not ask the Lord to make you sensitive to others, and then resent the difficult person who crosses your life at work or in the Church. God often circumvents a proud, presumptuous spirit, whereas spiritual grace may be mediated by a friendship, a discipline, or a hardship.” -Kent Hughes
Healing comes .
“I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].” Philippians 4:13 (AMPC)
Mark 15:33, 34
Luke 23:44, 45
1 John 1:6, 7
Our little systems have their day;
They have their day and cease to be;
They are but broken lights of Thee,
And thou, O Lord, art more than they. -Tennyson
Memory verse: “Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.” Mark 8:25
Read Mark 8:22-26. The people bring their blind friend to Jesus. What do they recognize and how is this an example for us?
Read Mark 8:22-26. Why do you think Jesus took this man outside the city, and is there any parallel of this today?
Read Mark 8:22-26. If I’m content with my current knowledge of my sin and of Christ, what does that mean? Why?
What is the significance of this miracle as it relates to Mark 7:18, 8:17 and 8:29.
Read Mark 8:22-26. What are some of the things that the Bible elsewhere says are seen by those who have spiritual sight (see Ephesians 1:18, 19; Hebrews 11:1, 7, 13, 27).
Read Mark 8:22-26. Why didn’t Jesus want this man to tell others about this miracle (See verse 26)? What can we learn from this?
Read Mark 8:22-26. How was Jesus’ method of healing this blind man an encouragement for His disciples?
How is it encouraging for you?