Jesus sent him away, saying, “Don’t go back into the village on your way home.” (Mark 8:26 NLT)
Every Christian is shielded from harm by virtue of the presence of the Holy Spirit in his or her life. However, there are circumstances that this Christian must understand the need to avoid going to certain places and to certain people.
Let us understand the book of Mark, chapter 8 verses 22-26. The account of the blind man of Bethsaida. To heal him, Jesus took the man OUT OF THE VILLAGE. Why did the Messiah do that? Why didn’t He just touch the man right there in the presence of the villagers? What is so peculiar about Bethsaida?
It is uncomplicated. Some masses are not meant to be part of the divine intervention. Some folks are just ‘too over-righteous’ to accept the mere miracle of God. These villagers are likely to mock the presence of Jesus and accused Him of false healing. For sure, they won’t be the first to do that, after all, many people in the biblical days have insulted the Lord. But there is something odd about this village, its location and its people. Why?
In verse 26, Jesus told the man to avoid travelling through that same village on his way home. In other words, the healed man is not even an inhabitant of the hamlet. What then was he doing in there before? At least that was where Jesus found him and got him out?
There is no question that this man was stuck for years in Bethsaida. That was his barrier. Until Jesus intervened, that man would have perished there.
Many of us pray endlessly to God to deliver us from our problems. Simply perhaps we need to look at what is holding us down. Possibly we should or have somehow known the reasons for the issues. We may not be as helpless as we imagined. We may know deep down inside of us that until we allow in changes we will remain stuck forever. Like the blind man, we are comfortable with our current location even though we knew God wants us to go out of there.
Today, Jesus won’t come down from heaven to deliver us. He did for that blind man because He was still on earth then. We should acknowledge that the blind man was lucky to experience the Lord in person to intervene on his behalf. Still, we are not orphans as the Holy Spirit is here for us.
Consider me, Brethren, if I say that God has been trying so hard to pull us out of the situations BUT we don’t listen. How many times have the Holy Spirit whispered to us, using signs, employing people, using our night dreams, and words to tell us to GET OUT of there? How many times God warns us to NEVER GO back in that respect.
Every area is sanctified and covered for a Christian to enter BUT not all places are recommended for him or her. There are places filled with people that will pull us back, while, likewise, there are places with people that will lift us up. We need to live perpetually with the spirit of discernment so as to understand the instructions of the Holy Spirit.
How long we learn to tune our subconscious mind to hearing from the Spirit of God will determine how long we will stay in our problems. As a matter of fact, some of our problems would have been settled had it been that we had listened to the Divine.
Obedience is a virtue of a salubrious lifestyle. It’s very simple and costs nothing. It destroys nothing. Instead, it liberates the Christian from unnecessary headache and helps him or her from entering into the forbidden village that is packed full with forbidden people.
May God heightens our instincts so that we will learn to pay attention to Him via our hearts and not our heads in Jesus name,