11. And when He arrived at His destination, the Pharisees found Him and went right into questioning and cross-examining Him, trying to start an argument, badgering Him, and demanding a sign...the performance of a miracle that would validate Him in their estimation and judgment.
12. But instead of going into debate mode, or making any pointless attempt at self-defense, He just groaned and sighed deeply in His spirit and said, "What is it with this generation...and why do you need to see yet another sign? There's nothing I could say to you...no sign I could show you...that would cause you to see Me in a different light. So, suffice it to say, no sign will be given this generation."
13. And He just ended it there, and left them. And, getting into the boat again, He departed to the other side.
14. And the disciples boarded the boat with Him, but they had completely forgotten to bring any bread, and had only one loaf with them.
15. But Jesus, still thinking about what had just occurred, looked at them and said, "Listen...you all really need to look out and keep on your guard against the contaminated yeast of the Pharisees...and beware of the yeast of Herod and his followers, as well."
16. After He had said this, they began to discuss His use of words, and came to the conclusion that He was chastising them in a roundabout way for not bringing any bread with them.
17. And being aware of how utterly they had missed His point, He said to them, "How could you possibly assume that I said what I said because you have no bread? I mean, really...do you not yet discern or understand? The Pharisees demanded a sign for proof...you've actually seen plenty of signs, and yet you still don't seem to get it! Are your hearts really that petrified?
18. You obviously have eyes, but you don't really see with them; and you clearly have ears, yet you don't hear or perceive or understand the sense of what I say. But I ask you...don't you at least have the capacity to simply remember?
19. When I broke the five loaves for the 5,000, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?" And they said to Him, "Twelve."
20. And when I broke up the seven loaves for the 4,000, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you collect afterward?" And they said to Him, "Seven."
21. Then He asked, "How many miracles is it going to take before you begin to walk in some kind of understanding of all this?"
22. Then they came to Bethsaida, and when they got there, some people brought to Jesus a blind man, and begged Him to just touch him.
23. And He took the blind man by the hand and led him away from the people, as He had done previously with the deaf man. In fact, He led him out of the village, and when they were completely alone, He spit on the man's eyes and put His hands on him. Then He asked him, "Do you see anything at all?"
24. And the man looked up and said, "I think I see people, but they look more like trees than people...yes, I see people who look like walking trees!"
25. Then Jesus put His hands on the man's partially-healed eyes again, and the man opened them and started looking around with the ability to focus...he could fix his eyes on definite objects...and he realized that he had been completely restored. He coud see everything distinctly and perfectly.
26. And Jesus sent him home, telling him directly, "Don't enter the village at all, and don't tell anyone there what just happened here."