Mark: There are two encounters with blindness in these verses. The first is the thick-headed reaction to the leaven (yeast) of the Pharisees and Herod (not the “Great”). Maybe the Apostles felt guilty about the lack of bread but Jesus was talking more about the unsavory influences of Herod and the Pharisees. I suggest Jesus would have expected the Pharisees to offer the same response as did the disciples – they missed the point. Then there was the actual blind man. He serves as a metaphor for the blindness of the disciples. The blind man’s sight was restored in two stages – how many stages would it take for the followers of Jesus?
Gospel: Mark 8:11-26
New Testament: Galatians 4:21-31
Old Testament: Isaiah 52:13 – 53:6