“Seeing Men Like Trees Walking”

September 10, 2017

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Psalm 146:8 says: “The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down. The Lord loves the godly.” (NLT) A great part of Jesus’ earthly ministry was performing countless miracles. Restoring sight to the blind was among them. We read in Mark 8:22-26 about a man born blind who was brought to Jesus for healing. Jesus spit on the man’s eyes and laid hands on Him and then asked the man what he saw. The man said through blurry eyes that he saw men like trees walking. So Jesus placed His hands on His eyes again. And this time the man could see all things clearly. (We’ll leave the debate about spit and Jesus’ two attempts to others.) But the truth is, Jesus never left a man half blind. The analogous part of Jesus’ miracle speaks for itself. It reminds us that between being born spiritually blind and given full sight, we see through a mirror dimly, through a glass darkly. We see men like trees walking. Once we come to Christ, spiritual blindness should give way to ever improving vision until the Day comes when we see all things clearly, when we see our Lord face to face. Most of us wish the process could be instantaneous. But there’s something about the process that God considers important. May we come to see this and all things better and better and better!

Bible References

  • Psalm 146:8
  • Ephesians 5:14
  • Mark 8:22 - 26
  • Ephesians 1:17 - 24