The second touch – from a blind man to a visionary
So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything. And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.” Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly. (Mark 8:23-25)
One of the attitudes that we must cultivate in order to benefit spiritually from the scriptures is that we must recognize that every event recorded in the Bible has a prophetic application to us as God’s people. Just as the deliverance of the bent-over woman speaks of God’s desire to help us take our eyes off the ground and prophetically look to the future, this healing of the blind man also represents much more than a mere historical narrative. The Holy Spirit is making a statement about us as God’s people. Perhaps Jesus did not heal the blind man all at once in order to expand on his emphasis of our need of objectivity. We must be willing to admit that we are much like this blind man . . . our vision is out of focus. The Lord’s second point of contact is the focus of objectivity. Many people today do not see others as they should. They are confused, mistaken, insensitive, often arriving at absurd interpretations about the people with whom they relate.
Beyond the touch of upward and forward vision, we must also receive the Lord’s touch of focused vision. A God-given vision of others enables us to envision worthwhile and significant projects. Rather than cultivating a vision for the nations, God wants us to have a vision of people. Spiritual objectivity occurs when Jesus sees people’s needs through our spiritual eyes.
Looking up: our responsibility
“Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly”
After Jesus put his hands on the blind man a second time, he asked him to look up in order to receive the restoration of his sight. Look up expectantly to the challenges and purposes that God sends to you. This is what will give your vision objectivity. You must put forth an active effort in order to receive a focused vision, in other words, you must exercise faith and trust.
Isaiah described this principle in the following manner: “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.” The word translated “mind” here implies forming, or molding direction.
The principle foundation of objectivity is our trust in God. To trust is to confide in, or in other words, to agree with the faithfulness of someone. God personally reveals His faithfulness to us and it is our responsibility to agree or to disagree with it, in other words, to trust or distrust him. If we fail to put our trust in God as we live, we will become spiritually hunched-over and isolated. If we trust in him, he will straighten us up and give us the correct vision of his specific purposes.
Trust is an intimate and personal attitude that characterizes people and relationships that are truly free. The first aspect of the restoration of objectivity is the strength of mind or purpose in God based on trust. God will form, mold revelation and impart clear direction that is just as personal as our own identity is.
The power of the second touch: the three aspects of objectivity
After the Lord touched the blind man the passage says that he saw everyone clearly.
He saw distant objects clearly. The vision gained depth. The stronger your vision, the further you will see. Through objectivity, we begin to unmask new horizons that we have never perceived before.
He saw people clearly. The vision became clear. The stronger your vision, the more details you will perceive. We can focus on matters that will cause an impartial and complete discernment of the situation.
He saw everyone. The vision included people. The stronger your vision the more people you will be able to see, and the more you will understand in God what their true needs are. We begin to enjoy the compassion of God for people. Objectivity leads us to be practical with people concerning their real needs.