Sermon #33 Series: Mark
Title: "He Took The Blind Man By The Hand"
Text: Mark 8:22-26
Subject: The Healing of the Blind Man at Bethsaida Date: Sunday Evening - November 16, 1997
Tape # U-25
Mark 8:22-26 "And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. (23) And 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 upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. (24) And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. (25) After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. (26) And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town."This is another of those miracles related by none of the other Evangelists. Mark alone was inspired to tell us about the healing of this blind man. None of our Lordís miracles were accidental or mere representations of his supernatural power over physical things. Every miracle performed by the Master was designed to teach us spiritual, gospel truths, particularly truths about the workings of his grace in his elect. On this occasion, we see a blind man who was healed gradually, by degrees. This is the only time in the New Testament that happened. So, we might properly expect that that is, in itself, highly significant and instructive.
Proposition: The healing of this blind man is a picture of the way God saves chosen, redeemed sinners by the almighty power and grace of his Holy Spirit.Keep your Bibles pen on your laps and follow the account here given by Mark of this remarkable event. I pray that as our Lord Jesus took this poor blind man by the hand he will take you by his hand and lead you to himself, giving you light, and grace, and life by his almighty power.
Mark 8:22 "And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him."Mark tells us three simple, but very important and instructive things in this verse.
In that fact, he is representative of all men in their natural, unregenerate state. Whether religious or irreligious, educated or uneducated, all human beings are spiritually blind. This poor man did not have so much as one faint, glimmering ray of light until the Lord Jesus touched him.That is exactly the case with all of us naturally. It is not that there is a lack of light, but a lack of sight.
Romans 3:11 "There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God."
1 Corinthians 2:14 "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."
We are not told that this blind man believed anything or expected anything from the Lord at all. He seems to have come to the place where the Master was simply because his friends persuaded him to do so. What a blessed man he was to have such friends.
They could not heal him, but they knew Christ could. This blind man , it appears, did not have sense enough to pray for himself. So his friends prayed for him.
Oh, how I pray that he would do that for you who yet do not know him! Can you imagine how elated, how thrilled, how excited this manís friends were when they saw the Master stretch out that arm which they knew was the arm of omnipotence in mercy, love, and grace to their friend?
Mark 8:23 "And 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 upon him, he asked him if he saw ought."
When the Son of God saves his people, he calls them out of the world. He bids us come unto him without the camp.
Revelation 3:18 "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see."
Illustration: Spit in the Eye Baptists and Non-Spit in the Eye Baptists
Remember, this man had not expressed any faith in the Son of God. He had not even acknowledged his blindness and need of cure. Now the Master requires him to acknowledged both his infirmity and the power of God he had experienced.
Romans 10:1-10 "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. (2) For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. (3) For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. (4) For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. (5) For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. (6) But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) (7) Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) (8) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; (9) That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (10) For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."Secret disciples are always suspect disciples. No one can be looked upon, treated as, or think of himself as a child of God until Christ is confessed. Our Savior requires and deserves that we confess him before men.
Saul an CorneliusJ.C. Ryle, made three very simple, but profoundly instructive comments about this manís experience and the lessons it is intended to convey.
The Son of God never does his work partially. Once he has begun his work of grace in a manís soul, he never stops working until he says, "It is finished" (See. Phil. 1:6).
When the Lord Jesus comes again, our spiritual eyesight will be greatly improved!
Mark 8:26 "And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town."
Notice, the Savior did not forbid him to tell it to others, but he must not tell it to any in the town. Those who had despised Christís favors had forfeited them forever.Sometimes the Lord will makes people know the value of their privileges by taking their privileges away.
Matthew Henry wrote, "Bethsaida, in the day of her visitation, would not know the things that belonged to her peace, and now they are hid from her eyes. They will not see, and therefore shall not see."
Has the Lord Jesus sent his Spirit to you? Has he opened your blind eyes and cased you to see?