An Unbelieving Town

“He [Jesus] came to Bethsaida. They brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him”.
—Mark 8:22

“He took hold of the blind man by the hand, and brought him out of the village.”
—Mark 8:23a

“Then again He laid His hands on his eyes. He looked intently, and was restored, and saw everyone clearly.”
—Mark 8:25

“He sent him away to his house, saying, ‘Don’t enter into the village, nor tell anyone in the village.'”
—Mark 8:26

“The directions Christ gave the man he had cured, not to tell it to any in the town of Bethsaida, nor so much as to go into the town, where probably there were some expecting him to come back, who had seen Christ lead him out of the town, but, having been eyewitnesses of so many miracles, had not so much as the curiosity to follow him: let not those be gratified with the sight of him when he was cured, who would not show so much respect to Christ as to go a step out of the town, to see this cure wrought. Christ doth not forbid him to tell it to others, but he must not tell it to any in the town. Slighting Christ’s favours is forfeiting them; and Christ will make those know the worth of their privileges by the want of them, that would not know them otherwise. Bethsaida, in the day of her visitation, would not know the things that belonged to her peace, and now they are hid from her eyes. They will not see, and therefore shall not see.”. — Matthew Henry