Harold S. Paisley
Question: Could a brief definition of the meaning and manner of worship be given in Words in Season?
Answer: The great guide on this needful subject is given by the Lord Jesus to a most unlikely person: the woman of Samaria. In five verses, the subject is mentioned ten times (John 4:20-25). Worship may be understood as the overflow of the heart in appreciation of the Father who gave His Son, and transcends thanksgiving and praise.
The first mention in Genesis 22:5 is where we see a well- beloved son offered by a father, "I and the lad will go yonder and worship." Abraham knew that this meant the sacrificing of the dearest object of his heart. He would offer to God what the Lord had already given him. No one can fully describe worship, but it is the outgoing of redeemed souls to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, presenting His excellencies with confession that we like God, have found our greatest delight in the well beloved Son. The Christianís place of worship is in no earthly building on earth or His sacrifices of material kind. The believerís place of worship is "within the veil," in the very presence of God in heaven itself (Heb. 10:19-22).
Question: Is there any spiritual significance in the miracle of opening the eyes of the blind man in the distinct stages as recorded in Mark 8:22-26?
Answer: This miracle, which took place in two stages, illustrates important spiritual principles. At the first touch, the man said "I see men as trees walking." When the Lord placed His hand upon him the second time and made him look up, the mist was gone and he saw every man clearly. This gives rise to the question, "why did the cure take place in two stages?"
Some important scriptural principles are illustrated in this unique incident. As soul winners, we meet some who at the time of conversion are unclear in spiritual perception. But later due to further instruction, obtain clear spiritual understanding.
An application can be made to believers to profit and comfort. Perfect vision will never be ours while in the body, but when the Lord will come, the shadows will flee away and we shall see Him face to face (1 Cor. 13:12).
Mark, who recorded this most interesting miracle, may be an example in his own experience. At first, his spiritual vision was poor and his service incomplete, but later, he became a faithful companion of the apostles and biographer of the pathway of the Perfect Servant. In reading this miracle, we can say of the Lord, "He doeth all things well."