October 16 - Day 289
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From Healing to Getting the Message Mk 6:12-8:16
Local History: (The Roman Empire and Israel)
As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth.
His disciples asked him,
"Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"Jesus answered,
"Neither did this man sin, nor his parents; but, that the works of God might be revealed in him.When he had said this, he spat on the ground,
made mud with the saliva,
anointed the blind manís eyes with the mud,
and said to him,
"Go, wash in the pool of Siloam" (which means ďSentĒ).So he went away, washed, and came back seeing.
The neighbors therefore, and those who saw that he was blind before, said,
"Isnít this he who sat and begged?"Others were saying,
"It is he."Still others were saying,
"He looks like him."He said,
"I am he."They therefore were asking him,
"How were your eyes opened?"He answered,
"A man called Jesus made mud, anointed my eyes, and said to me,Then they asked him,'Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash.'So I went away and washed, and I received sight."
"Where is he?"He said,
"I donít know."They brought him who had been blind to the Pharisees.
It was a Sabbath when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes.
Again therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he received his sight.
He said to them,
"He put mud on my eyes, I washed, and I see."Some therefore of the Pharisees said,
"This man is not from God, because he doesnít keep the Sabbath."Others said,
"How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?"There was division among them.
Therefore they asked the blind man again,
"What do you say about him, because he opened your eyes?"He said,
"He is a prophet."The Jews therefore did not believe concerning him,
that he had been blind, and had received his sight,
until they called the parents of him who had received his sight,
and asked them,
"Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?"His parents answered them,
"We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind;His parents said these things because they feared the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that if any man would confess him as Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue.
Therefore his parents said,
"He is of age. Ask him."So they called the man who was blind a second time, and said to him,
"Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner."He therefore answered,
"I donít know if he is a sinner. One thing I do know: that though I was blind, now I see."They said to him again,
"What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?"He answered them,
"I told you already, and you didnít listen. Why do you want to hear it again? You donít also want to become his disciples, do you?"They insulted him and said,
"You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.The man answered them,
"How amazing! You donít know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.They answered him,
"You were altogether born in sins, and do you teach us?"They threw him out.
Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and finding him, he said,
"Do you believe in the Son of God?"He answered,
"Who is he, Lord, that I may believe in him?"Jesus said to him,
"You have both seen him, and it is he who speaks with you."He said,
"Lord, I believe!"and he worshiped him.
"I came into this world for judgment, that those who donít see may see; and that those who see may become blind."Those of the Pharisees who were with him heard these things, and said to him,
"Are we also blind?"Jesus said to them,
"If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say,'We see.'Therefore your sin remains.
"Why do your disciples disobey the tradition of the elders? For they donít wash their hands when they eat bread."He answered them,
"Why do you also disobey the commandment of God because of your tradition?
Then the Pharisees, and some of the scribes gathered together to him, having come from Jerusalem.
Now when they saw some of his disciples eating bread with defiled, that is, unwashed, hands, they found fault.
(For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, donít eat unless they wash their hands and forearms, holding to the tradition of the elders.
They donít eat when they come from the marketplace, unless they bathe themselves, and there are many other things, which they have received to hold to:
washings of cups, pitchers, bronze vessels, and couches.)The Pharisees and the scribes asked him,
"Why donít your disciples walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat their bread with unwashed hands?"He answered them,
"Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written,'This people honors me with their lips,"For you set aside the commandment of God, and hold tightly to the tradition of men
He said to them,
"Full well do you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.He called all the multitude to himself, and said to them,
" Hear me, all of you, and understand.When he had entered into a house away from the multitude, his disciples asked him about the parable.
He said to them,
"Are you thus without understanding also?
He summoned the multitude, and said to them,
"Hear, and understand.
When he had entered into a house away from the multitude, his disciples asked him about the parable.
He said to them,
"Are you thus without understanding also?He said,
"That which proceeds out of the man, that defiles the man.
Then the disciples came, and said to him,
"Do you know that the Pharisees were offended, when they heard this saying?"But he answered,
"Every plant which my heavenly Father didnít plant will be uprooted.
Peter answered him,
"Explain the parable to us."So Jesus said,
"Do you also still not understand?
Jesus went out from there, and withdrew into the region of Tyre and Sidon.
Behold, a Canaanite woman came out from those borders, and cried, saying,
His disciples came and begged him, saying,
"Send her away; for she cries after us."But he answered,
"I wasnít sent to anyone but the lost sheep of the house of Israel."But she came and worshiped him, saying,
"Lord, help me."But he answered,
"It is not appropriate to take the childrenís bread and throw it to the dogs."But she said,
"Yes, Lord, but even the dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their mastersí table."Then Jesus answered her,
"Woman, great is your faith!And her daughter was healed from that hour.
From there he arose, and went away into the borders of Tyre and Sidon. He entered into a house, and didnít want anyone to know it, but he couldnít escape notice.
For a woman, whose little daughter had an unclean spirit, having heard of him, came and fell down at his feet.
Now the woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by race. She begged him that he would cast the demon out of her daughter.
But Jesus said to her,
"Let the children be filled first, for it is not appropriate to take the childrenís bread and throw it to the dogs."But she answered him,
"Yes, Lord. Yet even the dogs under the table eat the childrenís crumbs."He said to her,
"For this saying, go your way. The demon has gone out of your daughter."She went away to her house, and found the child having been laid on the bed, with the demon gone out.
Map of Palestine Israel during Jesus' life