Sunday, August 6, 2017

Scripture Study: Mark 8 22-26

When I study the scriptures, I find that questions engender revelation. Questions could be about seeming contradictions, or why something was included. Here is an example.

Mark 8 reads:
22 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.

Here are some questions I would ask about this passage:
Who was "they" (v22)?
Why did Jesus bring the blind man out of the town?
Why did Jesus spit on his eyes?
After spitting on his eyes, why did he put his hands on him?
Why did he ask if he saw anything?
What did the man mean when he said "I see men as trees, walking"? How could the man know what trees or men looked like if he was blind?
Why did Jesus put his hands on his eyes a second time?
Why did Jesus make the man look up?
Why did he send the man back to his house?
Why did he charge the man not to go into the town again?
Why did he charge the man not to tell it to any man in the town?

You can learn so much more from the answers to the questions than you can from the text that generated them.