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49: Blind Incidents

May 14, 2009

Major Text: Matthew 15:39-16:12; Mark 8:22-26

Harmony Texts:

Matt. 15:39-16:4      Mark 8:9b-12
Matt. 16:5-12            Mark 8:13-21


  1. Jesus Ignores the “Blind” Leaders Matt. 15:39-16:4
  2. Jesus Warns against the “Blind” Leaders Matt. 16:5-12
  3. Jesus Heals a Blind Man Mark 8:22-26


Jesus leaves the region of Decapolis and travels by boat to Magadan, a town located between Tiberias and Capernaum on the western shore of Galilee. Magadan is the home town of Mary Magdalen. Jesus is met by the Pharisees and the Sadducees who want to test Jesus and ask Him to show them a miraculous sign from heaven to verify that He is who He says He is.

Jesus responds saying they can interpret the sky for weather but they don’t have a clue as to what is happening to their culture. Jesus rebuffs the Pharisees and Sadducees by saying the wicked and the adulterous want a sign but none will be given except the sign of Jonah, referring to His death and resurrection in the near future.

It appears that the stop in Magadan was a short one because they get into another boat and head to Bethsaida. During the voyage Jesus warns the disciples to be wary of the Pharisee’s and Sadducee’s teachings. The disciples did not understand what Jesus was telling them until Jesus reminds them of how He fed the 5000 and then the 4000 [probably the same day or the day before].

They reach Bethsaida and are met by some people bring Jesus a blind man to heal. Jesus takes the man outside the town to heal Him and then instructs him not to go back into the town. Evidently Jesus wants to get away from the crowds, either to pray or to teach His disciples in a more private setting. As we stated earlier, Jesus’ ministry is becoming less public and more private as He begins His last year before His crucifixion. By this time most people have made up their minds to either reject Him or accept Him as the Son of God.


1. It is not wrong for us to ignore those who approach the Gospel under false pretence. Jesus did. We are called to sow. But we are to sow effectively in hearts that are receptive, to those who show a genuine interest in knowing God personally.

2. Jesus gives us many chances to accept Him as Lord and Savior. He is patient. But there comes a time when He will ignore those who are not genuine. Accept Him before your heart becomes hardened.

3. Ignoring Jesus will cause Him to ignore you.

4. Read the Word. Know the Word. Be discerning of false teachers among us.

5. Always take time to show compassion and give comfort to the needy.

6. Just because one can see doesn’t mean one can see. We are to check our vision. Are we blinded by pride or are we seeing clearly by practicing humility before God and our fellow man?

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