Are there any verses in the Bible that you don’t believe to be true “all the time?” Example: Psalm 103:3 – Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases. Do you believe God forgives all iniquities? If you do, then why not believe He heals all your diseases?
Do you honestly believe that God heals all iniquities and all diseases? Do you believe that people’s traditions can blind their “spiritual eyes?”
We are blind without God.
Isaiah 42:18 – “Hear, you deaf: and look, you blind, that you may see.” Obviously, Isaiah is not talking to people who are deaf naturally. He’s talking about spiritual deafness. Then he tells the blind to “Look!” (Verse 19) Who is blind but My servant, or deaf as My messenger whom I send? Who is blind as he who is perfect, and blind as the LORD’s servant? (Verse 20) Seeing many things, but you do not observe. Opening the ears, but he does not hear.”
Isaiah 43:8 – “Bring out the blind people who have eyes, and the deaf who have ears.”
Ezekiel 12:2 – “Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which has eyes to see but does not see, and ears to hear but does not hear; for they are a rebellious house.
This is a theme throughout the whole Bible. Even Jesus told His disciples that they had ears but couldn’t hear. Do you think that rebellion or a “hard-heart’ has something to do with not being able to see or hear?
Is it possible that in the natural, to be looking right at someone and not see them? Sure it is. So is it possible to read something in the Bible and after we read it, not have any idea what we just read? In other words: You saw the words on the page in the natural, but not in the spiritual.
Receive your spiritual sight.
In Mark, Chapter 8, Jesus heals a blind man but He does it in a way He hadn’t done it any other time, that we know of. Mark 8:22 – Then He came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him. (Verse 23) So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything. (Verse 24) And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.” (Verse 25) Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.
We have no idea how many blind people that Jesus healed but there are five times that the Bible tells us how He did it. One time, He just spoke; one time He cast a demon out of the blind man; another time He touches one; another time He spits on the ground, makes mud, and rubs it on the man’s eyes; this time, we just read, He spits on the man’s eyes. The saliva from Jesus’ mouth touched the blind man’s eyes. Jesus is the Word of God.
Have you ever heard a pastor teach on this particular Scripture and then tell the congregation that the healing of the blind man didn’t work the first time? Didn’t work the first time, really? These preachers build a case to build up their theology. Hogwash! So when you hear mess like that, they are saying, “Even with God, it doesn’t always work the first time.” That is just crazy theology and I’ve heard it from a pastor or two in my lifetime. Do people honestly think that God doesn’t know what that passage means? Of course, He does!
Jesus, the Creator of all, puts His hands on the blind man and asks him, “Now, what do you see?” Then the blind man says, “I see men like trees, walking.” Then Jesus puts His hands on him again and the man saw everything in the natural, clearly. How many sets of eyes do we have? We have “two” sets. We have natural eyes and we have spiritual eyes because we have been born again. We can’t forget that the Bible is a spiritual book written by a Spiritual Being, to a spiritual people.
Now, look at these Scriptures where the Bible talks about “men” being “trees.”
Psalm 1:3 – He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, This is a man that meditates on the word of God.
Psalm 52:8 – But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God;
Psalm 92:12 – The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,
Jeremiah 17:7 – “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is in the LORD. (Verse 8) For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,”
Isaiah 55:12 – “And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”
Matthew 7:17 – “Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.”
Do you honestly believe that Jesus came to earth just to teach us about “trees” and plants?” No, He was talking about people!
Zechariah 4:11 – Then I answered and said to him, “What are these two olive trees – at the right of the lampstand and at the left?” (Verse 14) So he said, “These are the two anointed ones, who stand beside the LORD of the whole earth.” Zechariah is seeing olive trees, but they were actually anointed ones.
Revelation 11:3 – “And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.” (Verse 4) These are the two olive trees” and the two lampstands standing before the God of the earth.
Yes, there are times that the Bible talks about real trees, but there are times when trees represent men. The Bible will confirm itself. We have to learn to read the whole context, before and after the passage.
The Bible says that there is a veil that covers our eyes until we believe. It also says that God’s word is foolishness to those who are perishing. Pride will stop a person from understanding the word of God and having spiritual eyes to see. If people read the word as if they know everything already, they will be spiritually blind to its true meaning!
We are blind and deaf without the Holy Spirit guiding us and giving us an understanding of what the Scripture has to say. We ask and we will receive spiritual ears to hear and spiritual eyes to see!