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A Daily Devotion for Thursday, February 18

Updated: Feb 19, 2021


Mark 8:22-26


verses 22-23a: They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village.

I read a discussion of this passage because I knew I was missing what was unique about it. There were so many things I hadn’t thought about! But the most moving part to me was Jesus took the man away from the crowd, by the hand. He could easily have healed the blind man in front of everyone, and made a show of his power. But he turned the moment of healing into a personal private encounter with the blind man. Of course everyone would end up knowing what Jesus had done. But this man had an intimate moment with Jesus, alone with him. Even though he needed his friends to help him get to Jesus, the most important minute of his life would be alone with Jesus. It can be the same for me. I need to spend time alone, away from all other distractions, to meet with Jesus. It does not always need to be alone, but I believe Jesus wants time alone with each of us.


Dearest Lord Jesus, I come to you for heart healing. I am so in need of the touch of your hand. Make me whole and help me to be the one you created me to be. Amen


Becky, transforming


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Beverly Flynn
Beverly Flynn
18 de fev. de 2021

Matthew 8: 22-26


I imagine myself as the blind man brought to Jesus. He takes me gently by the hand, warm and reassuring. As he gives me his full attention, I grow in trust and confidence. Sight was given to the man gradually, not all at once. Jesus has to touch him a a second time because when asked do you see anything, he was not able to. Some of Jesus’s healing were instantaneous, this particular one was not perceived clearly at first. So would my faith have been strong enough? Would my healing have to be done in stages. I need to ask Jesus to help me to see him properly; allow him to minister to me…

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Barbara
Barbara
18 de fev. de 2021

Mark 8: 22-26


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?”

25 Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight restored, and he saw everything clearly.


These verses express to me that Jesus works in stages. We can spend our entire life here on earth discovering truth about Jesus. We do know that Jesus heals. Jesus heals in his own time and we have to be patient. We must continue to seek a better understanding of ourselves and to continue to learn all we…


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Membro desconhecido
18 de fev. de 2021

2021-0218 Thursday, Daily Devotion - Mark 8:22-26


Mark 8:22-23 (NIV)

22 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?”


Jesus had healed people in public and private. It depends on Jesus’ timing for His plans. Today’s healing was private and Jesus told the man “don’t go back into the village and go to his home.” Jesus did not want this healing to be spread to the people in the village publically. There are always times for…


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Tom
Tom
18 de fev. de 2021

Mark 8:25 - “Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he looked intently and his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.


Like David, I am curious about this unique episode in which Jesus had to twice lay hands on the blind man for healing. This is so different from any of the healing stories, but never explained. There have been scores of scholarly papers written in which academics bloviate on its meaning, but none as incisive as Dave’s take. Faith is not a one and done proposition. We have to exercise and build faith muscle. Trying to live a whole life based on a single mountaintop experience usually ends up unsuccessful for failure to constantly…


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David
David
18 de fev. de 2021

Mark 8:22-26


25 Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes.


This part of the reading struck me because the man was not completely healed with Jesus’ first touch, and this was a direct touch by Jesus. We cannot be touched directly by Jesus but through his word. We need to be touched every day by reading his word, and meditating on it, in order to get the healing effect.


Dear Lord I have developed the discipline to read your word daily, but have not done as well with the meditation. Please help me to be quiet and gain more healing through meditation. Amen.

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