A Blind Man Healed at Bethsaida

“AND now the seditious rushed into the royal palace, into which many had put their effects, because it was so strong, and drove the Romans away from it. They also slew all the people that had crowded into it, who were in number about eight thousand four… They also took two of the Romans alive; the one was a horseman, and the other a footman. They then cut the throat of the footman… But the horseman said he had somewhat to suggest to them in order to their preservation; whereupon he was brought before Simon; but he having nothing to say when he was there, he was delivered to Ardalas, one of his commanders, to be punished, who bound his hands behind him, and put a riband over his eyes, and then brought him out over against the Romans, as intending to cut off his head. But the man… ran away to the Romans, and this while the Jewish executioner was drawing out his sword. Now when he was gotten away from the enemy, Titus could not think of putting him to death; but because he deemed him unworthy of being a Roman soldier any longer, on account that he had been taken alive by the enemy, he took away his arms, and ejected him out of the legion whereto he had belonged; which, to one that had a sense of shame, was a penalty severer than death itself.”

– Josephus, Wars of the Jews, Book VI, 7:1

“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 ought. 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, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.”

– Mark 8:22-26

And there it is! I just solved the “Messianic Secret”, this strange thing that happens throughout the Gospels where Jesus heals someone and tells them to keep it secret, although they then frequently go and tell everyone immediately. It is a strange mystery that people have been conjecturing about since millennia, there is even a Wikipedia page discussing it, but no one has come up with any reasonable, convincing explanation for this. Here it becomes clear. It is because it is a shame, a disgrace to the whole Roman army that this man was taken alive. So Titus {Jesus;} forgives {heals;)}the blind{folded;} man but tells him to leave and tell no one of this great shame {miracle;}.

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