16. "I Was Blind, Now I See"
Jesus Gives Sight to a Man Who Was Born Blind
"Evidence for a New Testament Miracle," John W. Welch, BYU Studies, Vol. 37, no. 4
In John 9, Jesus heals a blind man by anointing the man's eyes with clay and telling him to go wash. Each of Jesus' healing miracles was unique. Some were instantly complete, and others took several steps. In Mark 8:22-26, Jesus healed a blind man in two steps. At first, when the man was asked if he could see he responded, "I see men as trees, walking." Jesus blessed him again and the man saw clearly. This phenomenon of a person having healed vision seeing confusing, mixed images is documented in other cases. Apparently, the man was healed physiologically first (his eyes began seeing images and sent sensory impulses to his brain) but only after the second blessing could his brain make sense of the data.
The Good Shepherd
"Put Your Hand to the Plow," Howard W. Hunter, Improvement Era, June 1961
Comments on Luke 9:62 relative to looking back after having put one's hand to the plough.