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Mark 8:1-26 – An Imperfect Miracle? Meditative Musing for Dec 4


After feeding another multitude with seven loaves and a few fish and refusing a request from the Pharisees to see a sign, Jesus spoke to His disciples while making another voyage across the Sea of Galilee. He said, “Beware the leaven of the Pharisees.”

They misunderstood, thinking this was because they had brought no bread. He reminded them they had taken up seven baskets left after feeding 5,000 and twelve baskets after feeding 4,000. Then He asked, “Do you have eyes but do not see?

This question is important to understanding what happened next.

Back on land, people brought a blind man to Him. Jesus took him aside, spat on his eyes, and laid hands on him – then asked if he could see. The blind man said, “I see men; they look like trees walking.” Jesus laid hands on him again, and the man saw clearly.

Why do this miracle in stages?

He was teaching His disciples a lesson. They saw Jesus and His mission indistinctly, though they thought they knew Him. The Pharisees were blind; they saw His signs without really seeing them – so they continued asking for more signs. The disciples had seen the miracles of the loaves and fish, but did not understand what they meant.

Now Jesus teaches them their vision is incomplete, but will improve as He continues to touch them. In the meantime, do not assume you know it all.

Do we need this lesson also? What can it teach us?

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