Why Did It Take Jesus Two Tries To Heal The Blind Man?

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Mark 8:22-25

22 They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?”
24 He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”
25 Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.

Why couldn’t Jesus heal the blind man on the first try? Context, especially in this incident, plays a pivotal role. Let’s take a look and see the verses before the healing of the blind man took place.


Mark 8:14-21

14 The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat. 15 “Be careful,” Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.”
16 They discussed this with one another and said, “It is because we have no bread.”
17 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?”
“Twelve,” they replied.
20 “And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?”
They answered, “Seven.”
21 He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”

Jesus was trying to teach His disciples what was happening to them in their understanding of God’s Word. Jesus’ healing of the blind man was purposely made in two stages to show His disciples that they were on the first stage like the blind man. In the first stage, the blind man only saw partially but not clear. Jesus’ disciples at the moment only understood partly what Jesus was teaching them. The second stage of the blind’s man healing was to show the disciples that ultimately on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2) after they would receive the Holy Spirit they will understand everything that Jesus had taught them as seen in John 14:26 which says, But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. The process of the blind man’s healing was to show them where they were at but He was assuring them through the end result of the man’s healing that they wouldn’t stay with limited understanding for a long time.

“An evil spirit from the Lord”: What Does This Phrase Mean?

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King Saul trying to pin David to the wall with his spear

1 Samuel 19:9-10

9 But an evil spirit from the Lord came on Saul as he was sitting in his house with his spear in his hand. While David was playing the lyre, 10 Saul tried to pin him to the wall with his spear, but David eluded him as Saul drove the spear into the wall. That night David made good his escape.


If God is good and righteous without any sin (Psalms 92:15) why would He send an evil spirit, demon to attack Saul which in turn tried to kill the one God anointed as king and the line of which Jesus was going to come from?
Let’s take a look at some passages in the Book of Job that will give some light to this question.

Job 1:6-12

6 One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. 7 The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”
Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”
8 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”
9 “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. 10 “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11 But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
12 The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”

As you can see from the verses above Satan asked God permission to attack Job and see if he can make Job curse God. Satan thought that Job’s love for God was based on God’s blessing towards him. God wanted to show Satan that true love doesn’t hinge on material blessings from Him but from the individual sincerely recognizing that He is good, loving and no one else can save but Him alone. Only God deserves worship, honor, glory and thanksgiving.

The phrase “an evil spirit from the Lord” simply means that God allows the enemy to attack the person for the purpose of testing and refinement of their faith.

The evil spirit wasn’t concerned in tormenting Saul but used Saul’s torment to have David come in into Saul’s presence and play the musical instrument to get an opportunity to kill the one the Lord anointed. That was the evil spirit’s true intent. God allowed this attack on David so that he would learn to depend on Him. The Psalms that David wrote was the fruit of king Saul’s pursuit in trying to take his life.

Another example of why God allows the enemy to attack a believer is found in Luke 22:31 which says, 31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

Satan asked permission to sift Peter which occurred when Peter denied knowing Jesus 3 times but through that experience, after Peter repented his faith was strengthened which in turn helped his brothers through their weaknesses for the task of taking the gospel to all nations.

God is not the One who sends an evil spirit for the purpose of causing harm to a person but the evil spirit comes to God and asks permission to attack Christians. The enemy thinks that he will hurt us but God turns the enemy’s attack around to strengthen us.

Do Christians Have The Right To Correct Other Believers?

 

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The Cat says, “who are you to judge me? I’m above reproach.”

If we as Christians are not doing the same sin that the person we are rebuking is doing, we are not judging but he/she are obeying God’s Word in 1 Corinthians 5:12 it says, “For what business is it of mine to judge outsiders? Don’t you judge those who are inside?”

Now, we can’t be hypocrites and bring to someone’s attention a particular sin that they are doing especially if we are guilty of doing the same thing or living as the world. If a Christian is right with God, then he/she has the right to tell another believer that they are headed in the wrong direction as in Galatians 2:11-13 which says, “11 But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face because he stood condemned. 12 For he regularly ate with the Gentiles before certain men came from James. However, when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, because he feared those from the circumcision party. 13 Then the rest of the Jews joined his hypocrisy, so that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy.”

Remember that God uses believers to point out in another believer’s life through scripture when he is shifting out of God’s will. I had that happen to me years back when a brother in Christ called me one day and said that he didn’t agree in an area of my life where I was living a life contrary to God’s will and guess what? I took it like it was God speaking to me through my friend and I changed because I knew that what he pointed out was the truth.

The question is not if he is judging you but is he speaking the truth in what he is pointing out? We need to be humble and accept a rebuke IF it’s true and if it isn’t, then make sure to tell that person that he/she has misunderstood you. Pride REFUSES to allow correction in a person’s life. Who likes being corrected? I know I don’t but if we have a different viewpoint as if it’s God rebuking you, it will make a big difference. Satan’s pride made him fall and Jesus’ humility made Him exalted.

 

 

According To Scripture, Can A Christian And The World Agree On Anything?

Last night I saw on YouTube an interview that Mr. President Trump had with David Muir from ABC News and the President said regarding Christian persecution and others as well that he wanted to help them according to the transcript below:

PRESIDENT TRUMP: When they’re shooting — when they’re chopping off the heads of our people and other people, when they’re chopping off the heads of people because they happen to be a Christian in the Middle East, when ISIS is doing things that nobody has ever heard of since Medieval times, would I feel strongly about waterboarding?

As far as I’m concerned we have to fight fire with fire. Now, with that being said I’m going with General Mattis. I’m going with my secretary because I think Pompeo’s gonna be phenomenal. I’m gonna go with what they say. But I have spoken as recently as 24 hours ago with people at the highest level of intelligence. And I asked them the question, “Does it work? Does torture work?” And the answer was, “Yes, absolutely.”

DAVID MUIR: You’re now the president. Do you want waterboarding?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I don’t want people to chop off the citizens or anybody’s heads in the Middle East. Okay? Because they’re Christian or Muslim or anything else. I don’t want — look, you are old enough to have seen a time that was much different. You never saw heads chopped off until a few years ago.

Now they chop ’em off and they put ’em on camera and they send ’em all over the world. So we have that and we’re not allowed to do anything. We’re not playing on an even field. I will say this, I will rely on Pompeo and Mattis and my group. And if they don’t wanna do, that’s fine. If they do wanna do, then I will work for that end.

I wanna do everything within the bounds of what you’re allowed to do legally. But do I feel it works? Absolutely I feel it works. Have I spoken to people at the top levels and people that have seen it work? I haven’t seen it work. But I think it works. Have I spoken to people that feel strongly about it? Absolutely.


There are Christians in WordPress that keep mouthing off on Mr. Donald J Trump on how bad he is and they give their excuse to what that is but as you can see above in the transcript, he wants to help Christians and anyone else who’s getting their heads chopped off. 

The world hates President Trump and in scripture it says in John 15:18-19 18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

I see the President as a “Christian by association” who sadly has more sense than people who claim to be Christians in WordPress who do not have the wisdom to discern evil from an even greater evil.

I have never seen in my life as a believer in Jesus Christ so much immaturity in the Christian community. The logic is if you hate the President, it means that you preferred Hillary Clinton as President, that’s logic at work. I have seen Christians mock the President even though the Bible says to pray for the leaders which He the Living God has appointed in that office, sad really. Some Christian posts or comments that I have read made me slap my forehead in amazement of their ignorance of scripture application to what’s happening today.

I would put President Trump as King Cyrus who God used to help His people from their enemies which Mr. Trump is doing but baby immature Christians cannot see past their house door in what God is doing with this President. If Hillary Clinton was President imagine how bad morally the United States would have been and she wouldn’t care to think twice of the Christians dying by the hands of ISIS in the Middle East.

It is obvious Christians who hate Trump are in cahoots with the world, who hate him as well. The question for baby Christians is, why does the world hate Trump so much? The answer is because God is using him in a bigger picture that sadly, baby Christians cannot discern. Before you mouth off your grievances about Trump which are very surface, ask yourself, Am I any better than this man? and why do I agree with the world in this regard?

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James 4:4

You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.

Why Did Jesus Curse The Fig Tree?

Mark 11:12-14

12 The next day when they came out from Bethany, He was hungry. 13 After seeing in the distance a fig tree with leaves, He went to find out if there was anything on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14 He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again!” And His disciples heard it.

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Hungry is someone with a strong desire to be satisfied. Why was Jesus angry at the fig tree when it was not the season for it to produce fruit? Jesus was making a point that those who claim to follow the Lord must always be producing fruits regardless the season which we are in. The fig tree was Israel, those who follow the Living God but Jesus was disappointed because the Pharisees and Sadducees added to the Word of God with their traditions and making it hard for the people to produce fruits, for an example:   

Matthew 15:1-9 which says,

Then Pharisees and scribes came from Jerusalem to Jesus and asked, 2 “Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they don’t wash their hands when they eat!”
3 He answered them, “And why do you break God’s commandment because of your tradition? 4 For God said:
Honor your father and your mother; and,
The one who speaks evil of father or mother
must be put to death.
5 But you say, ‘Whoever tells his father or mother, “Whatever benefit you might have received from me is a gift committed to the temple”— 6 he does not have to honor his father.’ In this way, you have revoked God’s word because of your tradition. 7 Hypocrites! Isaiah prophesied correctly about you when he said:
8 These people honor Me with their lips,
but their heart is far from Me.
9 They worship Me in vain,
teaching as doctrines the commands of men.”

Jesus desires that we bear fruits because it brings people to Him who in turn would honor and bring Him glory. Producing fruits also means that we are like Jesus, walking according to His Word and participating in His will. Those who refuse to do God’s will by producing fruits show that they never had a relationship with Him and they will eventually be rejected by Jesus. A true Christian will want to produce fruits and show that he/she has the Holy Spirit living inside of them as seen in  John 15:7-8,16 and Philippians 2:13 which says,

John 15:7-8,16

7 If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you. 8 My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit and prove to be My disciples.

16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you. I appointed you that you should go out and produce fruit and that your fruit should remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you.


Philippians 2:13

13 For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose.