I See Men As Trees
Mark 8:24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.
I. Notice His Infirmity – Twice the Bible describes him as a “blind man”.
Blindness is an infirmity that prevents you from seeing what is right in front of you.
If you are blind, you are unable to be affected by what is there.
Notice the Scripture:
- Lamentations 3:51 Mine eye affecteth mine heart because of all the daughters of my city.
It is hard to be moved by what you cannot see.
One of the problems that Jesus had with the church of Laodicea was that they were blind.
- 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
- 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
- 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
- 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
Many Christians today are simply blind.
Many of their statements start with…
- I don’t see why we have to have church three times a week.
- I don’t see why it’s so important to train my children.
- I don’t see why Pastor is always raising money.
- I don’t see why we have so many ministries around here.
- I don’t see why we have three organized soulwinning times every week.
- I don’t see why we have so many revivals and special services.
- I don’t see why we have to keep taking on missionaries.
- I don’t see why we have to do this or that.
Guess what? If your statements all start with I DON’T SEE… you might just be suffering from BLINDNESS!
II. Notice His Improvement – vs. 24 “I see men as trees, walking.”
- He was able to look up – vs. 24
- He was able to see men – vs. 24
- He was able to see them walking – vs. 24
III. Notice His Insistence – vs. 25
He was able to see men again.
He was able to see that they were walking.
But he wasn’t satisfied. He doesn’t get excited and start rejoicing.
He doesn’t run around screaming, “I can see! I can see!”
Jesus wasn’t satisfied. Jesus didn’t walk away and leave him.
He was better, but he wasn’t right.
He could see better, but he couldn’t see clearly.
He could see men, but they were as trees.
NEWSFLASH: Men are not trees. There are a few similarities.
- Trees take up space. So do people.
- Trees look good on your property. So do people.
- Trees require food and water. So do people.
- Trees require care. So do people.
But there is a huge difference in men and trees.
No doubt, he had seen men before.
He had seen trees before.
He knew the difference!
He wasn’t happy seeing men as trees.
He wanted to see men as men – clearly!
QUESTION: Do you see men as trees?
Do you see the lost people in Dundalk as trees walking? They’re just filling up space?
Do you see the people that visit this church each week as trees walking? They look good. They fill up a pew.
Do you see the children on your bus route as trees walking? Just numbers? Just bodies to count?
Do you see the kids in your class as trees walking?
Do you see the babies in the nursery as trees walking?
Do you see the people on your pew at church as trees walking?
Do you see men clearly?
Do you see women clearly?
Do you see boys and girls clearly?
Maybe God touched you one day and you looked up and you see people for the first time.
Maybe God did a work in your heart and you stepped up to ministry.
Maybe God touched your eyes and brought about an ability to see where you couldn’t see before.
BUT DO YOU SEE MEN CLEARLY?
Do you see their needs?
Do you hear their cries for help?
Do you discern their longing for friendship?
Do you take time to see what is going on in their life and truly care?
Do you love on them, speak to them, check up on them, miss then when they’re not here, reach out to them?
The blind man wasn’t happy with one touch.
The blind man wasn’t happy with an improvement.
The blind man wasn’t satisfied to see men as trees walking.
He wanted another touch.
He wanted more.
He wanted to see every man clearly. And Jesus wanted him too.
What about you? Do you see every man clearly? Or as trees walking?