THE BLID MA OF BETHSAIDA. BY REV. FREDERICK WHITFIELD, M.A., Mark viii, 22 — 26. And he cometh to Bethsaida ; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. And 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 upon him, he asked him if he saw aught. And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. After that, he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up : and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. And he sent him away to his house, saying, either go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town. In God's word, blessings and warnings are constantly- blended together. We sometimes observe the same thing in the actions of the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no truth we lose sight of more than this, that every ray of life and light and healing from above entails a proportionate mea- sure of responsibility. Grace is sensitive, and if slighted will retire. Familiarity with truth brings with it a con- science less impressible to its voice. A step farther it is seared. It is a solemn consideration. There is a day at hand when thousands who now pass among men for Chris- tians will wish they had never heard of Christianity. There is an hour approaching when thousands of professedly reli- gious men would give worlds that they never had had any religion at all. 126 COUSELS FKOM THE WOEDS OF THUTH. Let us look, in dependence upon the teaching of God's Holy Spirit, on the solemn lessons connected with the healing of the blind man of Bethsaida.