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I See Tree People

“Do you see anything?”

He looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like walking trees.”

No, this isn’t a scene from Tolkien’s The Two Towers where Merry and Pippin encounter Tree Beard. This scene is from the book of Mark.

Jesus had taken his disciples to Bethsaida, on the shore of the Sea of Galilee and the people had brought a blind man and begged Jesus to heal him. Jesus took him by the hand and led him out of town. There he proceeded to spit in his eyes and put his hands on him. (Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.) Then Jesus asked him if he could see. After the man reported seeing people who look like walking trees, Jesus put his hands on the blind man again, looked at him intently and his eyesight was restored. That man could see everything clearly – it was better than laser surgery. Jesus gave him instructions not to go into town, and then quickly left town to take the boys to Caesarea Philippi.

I told you that truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. This is one of the most random stories in Scripture. Jesus lands on shore, partially heals a blind guy, finally heals him all the way and leaves town. It begs a few questions. Why the pit stop in Bethsaida? What’s up with Jesus messing up the healing? Was he just practicing, still learning how this whole miracle thing worked? It’s all just kind of weird. Unless you look at the context. Continue reading


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