God & Spit

Strange title I know… inspired by the story of the blind man of Bethsaida. Meet me at Mark chapter eight verse twenty-two:

“When they arrived at Bethsaida, some people brought a blind man to Jesus, and they begged him to touch and heal the man. (23) Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village. Then, spitting on the man’s eyes he laid his hands on him.”

Work with me here just for a moment. “G’day, my name is Jesus, hoik-tooh!” Can you imagine what the twelve must have been thinking? #jesushaslostit!

See this is Mark chapter eight; they are still getting to know this God Man. It’s only a handful of chapters previous that Jesus meets them by the sea and schooled them in fishing. Not long after, he built this rag tag posse of misfits, though they’re educated enough to know introductions made by a handshake with a complementary ‘spit in your face’ isn’t the done thing.

What’s great about Jesus is he never necessarily did the kind of things that you would expect of God. Importantly though, if you understand the man, you get a glimpse into his action.

So what’s the take home message?

  1. Sometimes you need to get out from where you are in order to go where God wants you! “Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village.”
  2. Sometimes we just have to let God lead.
  3. Sometimes we need a bit of God on us. “Spitting on the man’s eye.” DNA is an incredible thing; a criminologist will commonly swab the mouth to pick up a rich source of DNA to solve a puzzle. Maybe just maybe Jesus knew exactly what He was doing, though strange, before too long, the man could see for the first time ever.
  4. Sometimes we need God to touch us again. “Then Jesus placed his hands over the man’s eyes again.”

Strange introduction, great outcome!.