67 A man sees trees that walk.

Mark 8:22–26

What circumstances might have resulted in the blind man coming to Jesus now and not earlier (Mark 8:22)?

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Why did Jesus lead the blind man out of town (Mark 8:23)?

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How did Jesus’ touch differ from the way he healed others who were blind (Mark 8:23)? Why didn’t he always follow the same procedure?

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After Jesus first touched the man’s eyes, why wasn’t he fully healed (Mark 8:24–25)?

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How well do you think the man obeyed Jesus’ instruction to keep his healing secret (Mark 8:26)?

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At Bethsaida, people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the man by the hand and led him out of town. There, he spat on his eyes and laid his hands on him. “Can you see now?”

Eyewitness

Mark 8:22–23 At Bethsaida, people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the man by the hand and led him out of town. There, he spat on his eyes and laid his hands on him. “Can you see now?”
King James

Mark 8:22–23 And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. 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.

The man looked around. “Yes, I can see people, but they look like trees walking.”

Eyewitness

Mark 8:24 The man looked around. “Yes, I can see people, but they look like trees walking.”
King James

Mark 8:24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.

Again Jesus laid his hands on the man’s eyes. This time when the man looked, his eyes were fully opened, and he could see everything clearly.

Eyewitness

Mark 8:25 Again Jesus laid his hands on the man’s eyes. This time when the man looked, his eyes were fully opened, and he could see everything clearly.
King James

Mark 8:25 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.

Jesus sent the man straight home, saying, “Do not go into town, and do not tell anyone how you were healed.”

Eyewitness

Mark 8:26 Jesus sent the man straight home, saying, “Do not go into town, and do not tell anyone how you were healed.”
King James

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.