Extra Credit: Why does it say it?

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Extra Credit: Why does it say it?

Post  Admin on Fri Sep 17, 2010 5:58 am

Look at Mark 8:22-26. What does this story teach? Look at
Mark 8:14-21 and 27-30. What change has taken place in the
disciples? How does the miracle in verses 22-26 help us
understand this change? Why is the miracle in two stages? It will help to look
at 8:31-34. Do the disciples see clearly who Jesus is? What was Mark‘s intent
in telling the story of the healing of the blind man?

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Re: Extra Credit: Why does it say it?

Post  Cheney B on Fri Sep 17, 2010 6:47 am

This story teaches that if people trust in what Jesus says and does then he will help them in their lives. The changes that have taken place in the disciples by understanding that they did not need physical things to please class they just need to follow and understand him. The miracle performed was Jesus allowing the blind man to see by spitting in his eyes. The miracle is in two stages because it helps us understand what God is capable of doing. The disciples do not see clearly who Jesus is at first but soon after, he sees the miracles that he is performing they believe. Mark's intent of telling this story was to show the way that Jesus works in mysterious ways.

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Re: Extra Credit: Why does it say it?

Post  miranda on Fri Sep 17, 2010 6:47 am

22-26: Jesus healed a blind man; the man can't see clearly at first but then Jesus touches his eyes again and the man can then see fine.
14-21, 27-30: the disciples went from being confused and not understanding Jesus' point, to seeing Jesus for who he really is. The blind man miracle can help when it's applied to the situation with the disciples: the disciples are blind, Jesus tries to open their eyes and asks if they can see anything, or understand yet. The disciples don't really know what's going on and can't see what Jesus is doing, but they know what he is saying. Jesus has to open their eyes again, and then they can see clearly who he is--the Messiah. The miracle being in two stages can be a "warning" or precaution of sorts in that we may not see clearly at first what Jesus is doing, or trying to say, but Jesus can open our eyes to what is going on. The disciples do see who Jesus is, the Messiah. Mark told the healing story to tie it to the disciples' blindness, and Jesus' clearing it up.

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