Steps To Wholeness: Jesus Heals A Blind Man At Bethsaida (Mark 8:22 – 26) – Bible Lesson. Teen Bible Lesson.
The work of God in a believer’s life often takes place a step at a time. As was the case with the blind man, Jesus works with us by asking us to leave our comfort zones and trust Him, to keep looking to Him for healing, and to place His will for our lives ahead of our own.
22 And they came to Bethsaida. And they brought a blind man to Jesus and implored Him to touch him. 23 Taking the blind man by the hand, He brought him out of the village; and after spitting on his eyes and laying His hands on him, He asked him, “Do you see anything?”
24 And he looked up and said, “I see men, for I see them like trees, walking around.” 25 Then again He laid His hands on his eyes; and he looked intently and was restored, and began to see everything clearly. 26 And He sent him to his home, saying, “Do not even enter the village.”
– Mark 8:22 – 26 (New American Standard Bible)
Verses 22, 23a
- What did Jesus require of the blind man? Why might He make such a request?
- What similar acts of trust were required by Old Testament prophets before a miracle occurred (1 Kings 17:13 – 16; 2 Kings 5:10)?
- Did these acts of trust earn or cause a miracle to happen? If not, what was their purpose?
- Based upon these verses, construct a principle stating what God wants from those who seek Him.
Verses 23b – 25
- What is unique about this miracle? Why would Jesus have chosen to perform a miracle in this way?
- How might the man have felt after receiving an incomplete healing? What were some of his options at that point?
- Based upon these verses, construct a principle stating what God wants from those who are just beginning to trust Him.
- What command did Jesus give after healing the blind man?
- What similar commands were given to other recipients of Jesus’ miracles (Mark 1:44; Mark 5:19; Mark 5:43)? What might be the reasons for such commands? How important is it that we fully understand the reasons behind the commands?
- Based upon this verse, construct a principle stating what God wants from those who are fully committed to Him.