Then He came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him. So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything. And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.” Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly. Then He sent him away to his house, saying, “Neither go into the town nor tell anyone in the town.” (Mar 8:22-26 NKJ)
We don’t know why Jesus took the blind man out of the town, but there may have been a spiritual reason for his blindness or the prevailing spirit in the town would have been a source of disbelief. It is interesting that Bethsaida was a fishing village, but over a period of time, the town was left high and dry.
Having taken the man out of the town, Jesus spits in his eyes, almost like cleaning the windows to this man’s soul. “What do you see?” He doesn’t see clearly at first, but after Jesus lays hands on him again, he sees everyone. Jesus’s instructions, don’t go into that dry place and don’t tell anyone in that ‘dry place’ or you will be back where you started.