Matthew 8: 22-26 “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. 26 Jesus sent him home, saying, “Don’t even go into the village.”
Jesus led him outside the village –
This man was taken by his friends to a man he had only heard about. They begin to beg Jesus for him. He feels so unworthy and sinful as he waits to see if Jesus will agree to their request. Suddenly Jesus takes his hand and he is walking again but this time with the Saviour. There is something comforting when someone takes your hand. A dying patient is held by a reassuring hand, a child is secure when held by the hand, lovers hold hands, a friend holds your hand when you are in despair, and there are many examples like these. As he walks with Jesus the noise of the village slowly disappears, maybe there are just a few people, perhaps disciples, he knows they are there, but actually there is only one person he is focusing on and that is the one who has his hand. Jesus did not want this man to be in the village. He led him out. He also didn’t want him to go back there after the miracle. He insisted he didn’t go back but went to his home. Jesus gives us an insight into the reason in Luke’s gospel, “Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.” Luke 10:13
“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13
“See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.” Isaiah 49:16
- Let Jesus take your hand; trust Him.
- Enjoy the walk; let your senses be aware of the new journey.
- Come away from what you have known; be ready for change.