A rental donkey and a visit to the optometrist (Mark 11:1-11, 8:22-26)

All week we’ve been looking at Mark’s Gospel (chapters 6-11) trying to make sense of┬áthe strange two-stage healing in Mark 8:22-26. We’ve seen some blind disciples finally “see” who Jesus is – yet not all that clearly. They’re still thinking in human terms. Jesus tries to tell them that he’s about servanthood, not the exercise of power, but they remain stubbornly blind. In the next chapter (Mark 11), Jesus tries to enlighten them further – and not only them, but all of Jerusalem.

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