Bible Accuracy 14

Posted: November 23, 2017 in Bible Accuracy
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The following two versus describe the same event but slightly different.  This appears to be a contradiction.

Mathew 20:29-34  As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him.  Two blind men
were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have
mercy on us!”

The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, …

Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes.  Immediately they received their sight and followed him.

Mark 10:46-52  Then they came to Jericho.  As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving
the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus, was sitting by the roadside begging.  When he heard that it was Jesus of
Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet …

Go, said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.”  Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the
road.

As we read, Mathew mentions two blind men but Mark mentions one blind man.  This appears to be a
contadiction but it’s not.  Mark is just describing one of the two men that became prominent.  There
was two men but he is just describing one of them.

As we read, Mathew tells us that Jesus touched their eyes and they were healed.  Mark tells us that
Jesus healed them because of their faith.  Both details are correct.  The blind men had faith and Jesus
healed them by touching their eyes.  Each author is just giving different details.

A final detail is that Mathew does not mention the names of the blind men.  Mark mentions the name of one blind
man, Bartimaeus.

There is no contradiction between Mathews account and Marks account, just different details.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff

 

 

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