Mark 8:22-26 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. And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.
I’m convinced in the sequence of this chapter, the Lord through His vessel Mark is desiring all of us to SEE a powerful truth. Through the two circumstances preceding the record of this miracle and the two conversations that follow it a powerful revelation calls us to follow Christ.
This 8th chapter of Mark is a revelation of Jesus, the Bread of Life. It opens with bread being blessed, broken, and then meeting a multitude of need; it ends with prophetic word of the Bread of Life being broken to meet the multitude of sinners need.
At the feeding of the 4,000, Jesus clearly showed His miracle power to feed the multitude. He was moved by compassion, feeling bad for the people; not that He had taught for three days, but that they were hungry and would faint on their way to dinner. In the second circumstance preceding the miracle at Bethsaida, Jesus’ exasperation with the disciples is evident as He desires for them to “get it” about this bread matter. This second circumstance, primarily in the privacy of the boat with the disciples begins with a rebuke of the Pharisees who want a sign. They desired a sign so they could believe, but had done nothing with signs they already had received. These Pharisees are the poster children of church folks, who want a sign before they will function in obedience. As Jesus and the disciples enter the boat, Jesus cautions them to never become a people that see but don’t do. His rebuke against hypocrisy is perceived as being provoked by their lack of bread on the boat. He reminds them of the ignorance of limiting His words by their perception, as they seem to have forgotten the clear evidence that He can do the “bread thing.” This whole emphasis on the broken bread from the Bread of Life is prelude to the revelation He knows they must see.
Stuck in the middle of the two circumstances where Jesus uses a symbol of broken bread as a prelude to two communications about lives broken as bread is this miracle of one seeing again.
This miracle record has some fascinating aspects to it:
- A blind man, had his sight restored.
- Jesus took him outside of the town to heal him.
- After the first time Jesus prayed his sight wasn’t fully restored.
- Only able to see figures, shadows, movement.
- Jesus put His hands on him and prayed again.
- After second prayer, vision was fully restored.
Following this Jesus asked his disciple who do other people say that I am. Following their answers to this question, He asked them, “But whom say ye that I am?” When Peter gave his revelatory answer, Jesus began to tell them how He as the Bread of Life would be broken (Mark 8:31). In one of His most remarkable rebukes, Jesus calls Peter, “Satan” at Peter’s rebuke of Him for declaring the path of brokenness that lay ahead for Him.
The concluding words from Jesus that Mark records in this sequence call each disciple to deny self, take up their cross, and follow Jesus.
Do you see? Broken bread can meet a multitude of need.
Do you see the Bread of Life broken for you and I? Can you hear His call to us?