Dear Pastor Andy, why didn’t Jesus want the blind man in Mark 8:22-26 to tell anyone about his recent ‘miracle’? Was it because Jesus screwed up the ‘healing the blind’ trick the first time around (the blind man “saw men as trees”)? Was Jesus afraid of being labeled a cheap fraud, as he demonstrated here?
I’ve heard people preach about this and look at Jesus as failing to completely heal him, but that’s not the case at all. Look at what the man said: “I can see people, but they look like trees, walking.” Why did he see this? Who was the man looking at? Well, if he saw such, was he looking at Jesus, or was he looking at everyone else? He was looking at everyone else. So Jesus “tries” a 2nd time, then asks, “Can you see now?” The man looked intently and his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.” But the reason that he can see clearly now is because this time, he’s looking at Jesus, not the other people. You see?
Now, why didn’t Jesus want the man to tell anybody? Well, for one thing, the Law of Moses says that when healed of an illness, to go immediately and show the high priest. Jesus wanted to keep everything in order. Now, if Jesus hadn’t told him to show himself to the High Priest, then it would be suggested that He was promoting disobedience to the Law, thus disqualifying Himself as Messiah. Second, in some incidents, when people went off and told everybody instead of obeying Jesus, scripture tells us that Jesus couldn’t do ministry there – it took their attention off anything He would say about the Kingdom of God, and onto ‘hey, show us another miracle!’