So far as we can tell, the miracle took place while this man was alone, washing his eyes. In the Old Testament prophecies concerning the coming of Messiah, it was He who was to give sight to the blind. We are not sure how much time has passed since the events of chapters 7 and 8, either. This is similar to the truth that we love because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). * [9:1–10:21] Sabbath healing of the man born blind. (John 9:24 RSV) That was their preconceived conclusion. This is what I call a “take out” healing. 1-5. as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from birth—and who "sat begging" (Joh 9:8). 127 I am fully capable of speculation myself, as the reader will note (and beware). John 9:1-7 A man that was born blind receiveth sight. It is He who purposes to fulfill His calling and to do the works of God by healing this man of his malady. Such sin is either that of the man himself, or of his parents.” And so they ask Jesus which of their two options is the correct explanation. Hendriksen goes on to point out three ways one can respond to a man like this blind beggar: (1) If he excites your envy, you can pelt him with brickbats. Amazingly he was then able to see. Q2. There is a considerable amount of speculation over the significance of the “spit” and “dust” which resulted in the “mud” or “clay” placed over the eyes of the blind man. With all I’ve done wrongI must have done something rightTo deserve your love every morning,And your butterfly kisses at night. Craig Nelson and I have spent a fair bit of time together, especially in our travels to India and Africa. ? First, our text makes a very significant contribution to our understanding of the divine perspective on suffering. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. (I must confess I was tempted to illustrate this more dramatically. The man who has placed the “clay” on his eyes then instructs the blind beggar to go to the pool named Siloam and to wash this mud from his eyes. Now that Jesus has captured our attention with this miracle, let us reflect upon three things that this miracle tells us about conversion to Jesus Christ. Thus we see great variety in the way He deals with the very same malady.129 In this instance, Jesus employs what is readily at hand—spit and dust. Why should they show charity to one under divine discipline? They want to know where He is so He can be arrested. The works of God are the works of Jesus. Perhaps he is making the point that the man was healed because he was "sent" to wash in the pool; the healing didn't just happen by itself. Jesus sees this situation not as His brothers would (an opportunity for a great public relations feat—see 7:1-5), and not merely as a time to minister to the sick and afflicted, as good as that may be. Commentary on John 9:1-7 (Read John 9:1-7) Christ cured many who were blind by disease or accident; here he cured one born blind. At some point he does go “home,” and thus some render this, “he went home seeing,” or something similar (cf. Lest we be too hard on them, let us not overlook the fact that we err in precisely the same manner today. Thus he showed his power to help in the most desperate cases, and the work of his grace upon the souls of sinners, which gives sight to those blind by nature. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. It is almost as though they assume Jesus has committed a crime, but they can’t figure out what the crime is, or how He accomplished it. Acts 9:17f. Somehow this method doesn’t fit into any of their preconceived categories, and so they are perplexed. He sees light! Some agree that it is. If the answer he hears is not entirely new, it is most certainly encouraging: “Neither the sin of this man nor that of his parents is the explanation for his physical infirmity. I was thinking of prearranging a scene in which I would put a topping of whipped cream on the head of a friend in the audience, and then tell him to go wash it off. but "Will you be true to God when you do not understand the reason for your suffering?" John 9:1-12 – Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind Summary. In Luke 18 a certain blind man cried, saying, ‘Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.’ Jesus simply said, ‘Receive thy sight,’ and the man was made whole. There, Jesus reiterates that those who know him, his sheep, hear his voice and follow him, and “knowing” in the Gospel of John articulates relationship. By Jack Kelley Thursday September 3rd, 2015 About 2 Minutes to Read. Is it the occasion to look down upon the one suffering, to ignore that person’s agony and pain? Second, He issues a warning about false spiritual shepherds (10:1-18). Will not even greater deeds be done after our Lord’s resurrection and ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost? Doing so would not be an act of faith as much as an act of necessity. Have not I, the LORD? Do you see it only as a time for showing compassion and love? The experience there was unlike anything I’ve gone through anyplace else in the world that I have visited. 2 “Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Third, this method gives our Lord’s opposition a lot of trouble. We must understand the level of difficulty nearly everyone has in accepting this miracle as a fact. (John 9:25 RSV) That is one of … How many healings have these disciples witnessed up to this point in time? The simple fact is that the blind are, without question and without exception, beggars. In Mark 8 we have the account of Jesus spitting in the eyes of a blind man. 2, p. 73. During this time, another dormitory resident happened to pass by, recognized me, and engaged me in a brief conversation. Nor is this function anywhere attributed to the followers of Jesus. Therefore, we must press on to consider what Jesus Himself says about this man and his affliction. 1-5. as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from birth--and who "sat begging" ( John 9:8).. 2. who did sin, this man or his parents, that he was born blind--not in a former state of existence, in which, as respects the wicked, the Jews did not believe; but, perhaps, expressing … ; 15:30f. All the while, the man himself insists, “I am the one!” (verse 9). Quickly, I turned off the hot water and remained standing under the cold water. What does John chapter 9 mean? Explaining John 9:1-3. I seriously considered going out into the audience with a can of whipped cream left over from the ice cream social last night. Is this not adding insult to injury? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?” 3 “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. The blind man says it himself, “Never before has anyone heard of someone causing a man born blind to see” (verse 32). John 9:1-12Seeing Clearly. He speaks of a time when “night” will come, and when the deeds He is doing in the light (or, more properly, as the light) will not be possible. His hearing is just fine. Phillips, NIV). There is indeed a very real sense of urgency merited by these circumstances, and our Lord speaks of this here. How do you view human suffering? So he went and washed, and came back seeing." John 9 is the ninth chapter of the Gospel of John in the New Testament of the Christian Bible.It maintains the previous chapter's theme "Jesus is light", recording the healing of a man who had been blind from birth, a miracle performed by Jesus, and their subsequent dealings with the Pharisees. He spits on the ground, then makes some “mud” and places some of it on each of the man’s eyes. Second, the method our Lord employs perfectly accomplishes what our Lord intends. 2 And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind? We will concern ourselves, in these articles, with His primary lesson in chapter nine. Physical afflictions can enhance our desire for heaven and focus our attention and affections on the unseen, eternal things that are most important (2 Corinthians 4:16–5:10). 9:27-31; 12:22f. Put yourself in his place for a moment. Laying on of hands, command, mud on eyes, fingers in ears, etc. My personal experience with blindness has been short-lived, for which I am grateful. Therefore, the questioners led him to the Pharisees, with the apparent intent of determining whether a wrong had been committed. 1 John 1:1 through 1 John 2:2. We know for a fact that this blind man is a beggar (9:8). That mission is to be the “light of the world.” This is a mission His disciples share with Him, and thus they must join Him in performing the Father’s deeds. 1. When we see suffering, do we see it as a problem or a possibility? For us that means providing assistance in whatever way we can. Q. 2 And his disciples asked him, c “Rabbi, d who sinned, e this man or f his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but g that the works of God might be displayed in him. How many blind men have they seen our Lord heal? He answered and said, 'A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, Go to the pool of Siloam and wash. To the Pharisees and some others, people in such straits were not considered “handicapped” or “down on their luck”; they were disdained as sinners who had gotten what they deserved. Then, forced to acknowledge his healing by the compelling evidence of this fact, they concentrate their efforts on the method Jesus employed. We remember the story of the man, lame from his mother’s womb, who was begging as Peter and John were passing by (Acts 3:1-10ff.). In the airports and elsewhere, these folks go about sweeping with a handful of straw, stooped over and never making eye contact with others. 123 Have you ever noticed that it is easier to deal with some things theoretically than it is to do something practical? Jesus wants to heal this man in a way that does not attract attention, and for good reason—the Jews are seeking to kill Him. It is one thing to say, "I am the light of the world" and another thing to demonstrate the power to take away the darkness. In his British accented English he asked me, “Is he a sick man?” Craig responded, “I’m blind.” From that point on, the customs official would not speak directly to Craig. Most people see the healing of the blind man as a miracle. They are the neighbors who watched this fellow grow up. The Opening of the Eyes of One Born Blind, and What Followed on It. As Jesus made use of the five loaves and two fishes to feed the 5,000, so He made use of His own spit and the dust of the ground to heal the blind man. We have all had to accept the fact that, while we are alive, we are also dying. I have read that in the U.S. someone goes blind every 20 minutes. Yet one more element must be considered in our Lord’s words. They are the people who have seen him begging, and who perhaps have given him money in the past. I went to the campus infirmary, where the nurse on duty had compassion on me. He says. My personal experience with blindness has been short-lived, for which I am grateful. He has received more than physical sight. There is no story of the giving of sight to the blind anywhere in the Old Testament. Having reiterated His commitment to fulfill His calling, Jesus turns His attention once again to the man born blind. The disciples wanted to know how this case fit into what they already believed. 47:1).”, Robert L. (Bob)Deffinbaugh graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with his Th.M. After this, the time for repentance (for that generation, at least) will come to a close. When is this time to which our Lord refers? And Jesus sent him to the pool of Siloam to wash. And he came away seeing.128. In His ministry to the souls of men Jesus adopted no stereotyped approach. We were led to a large metal building (something like a storage building, but with no air conditioning) which served as the “overseas terminal” and customs area. Healing A Man Born Blind: A Case Of Conversion. John 9 Bible Study Questions (Handout) Likewise, there are undoubtedly many “tightwads” who aren’t worth the effort of making a plea for a gift. When The Sun Finally Rises: Wrestling With The Past (Gen. 32:22-32), 2. One almost gets the impression that the former beggar has done something very wrong, at least as some of the Jews see it. Galatians 6:9-10 (4) – While we have chance must do good to all people. It is trusting that His atoning sacrifice paid the price for our sin, and that by faith we are born again into the family of God. John 9:1-12 ESV. In prior chapters, Jesus has confronted the hypocrisy of those who claim to understand Scripture, but who reject what it says. “(1) This miracle is certainly symbolical, picturing Jesus as the light of the world (8:12; 9:5). We also know how begging usually works, then and now. (Don’t get smug here. As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. Bob was born and raised in a Christian home i... More, 2. We are not told that this man asks for money, but it may well be that he does. in 1971. Jesus could have sought to attract a crowd, to call attention to Himself and His power. Then they said to him, 'Where is He?' Jesus wants to help this man in such a way that he will not attract a crowd or undue attention to Himself. Have you come to recognize your sin, your helplessness, your blindness to spiritual truth, your “deadness” to doing the works of God? What a vantage point from which to observe humanity. As Jesus utters these words, He begins drawing nearer to the blind beggar, and then He pauses beside him. This poor man could not see Christ, but Christ saw him. Will you be washed and receive your sight today? The days of opportunity are indeed short for the nation Israel. He, the infinite, omniscient, omnipotent God, has many different means at His disposal to accomplish the will of the Father. Both Jesus and John the Baptist announced the coming of the King and His kingdom, and called upon Israel to repent, lest they face God’s wrath. John 8 John 9:1-12 John 10 | Expand chapter. What a day this is for this man, blind all of his life, until Jesus sees him. Conversion Begins With God: The blind man did not initiate his healing, Jesus did. ).132 Here is but one more proof—one more sign—that Jesus is the Son of God, the promised Messiah, the Savior of all who believe in Him (see 20:30-31). 13They brought him who had been blind to the Pharisees. At Peter’s instruction, the man took hold of the apostle’s hand and stood to his feet, and before long he was walking and leaping and praising God! We take credit if our children “turn out right,” and we look down on those whose children have gone astray. We think that when we are prospering and healthy, it is because of our own piety, and when we or someone else is suffering, we assume it is due to sin. CHAPTER 9. I do not question their lack of compassion. Now, they are once again said to be with our Lord. First, there is a lesson on the nature of spiritual blindness (9:39-41). There is no miracle of the giving of sight to the blind in the Old Testament. Others do not, but admit he is strikingly similar in appearance to the beggar they know. Controversy has arisen over the meaning and interpretation of 1 John 1:9-10. John 9 – Jesus Gives Sight to A Man Born Blind A. The blind man put them all to silence though, he did not have a careless concern for his condition, he went out and did exactly as Jesus instructed and returned with his eye-sight. Is this some kind of cruel joke? I went to the campus infirmary, where the nurse on duty had compassion on me. 122 I would prefer, “and came away seeing.” This man came to the pool blind; he came away seeing. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on him, 21 and he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing” (Luke 4:16-21, citing from Isaiah 61:1-2). As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. This young man will never again be the same. Jesus, that is, thinking maybe He had something for them too. I want to particularly emphasize the fact that in these verses (8-12) neither the Pharisees nor the religious leaders are in view. Jesus is very clear that His time is short. Fortunately for the man (and precisely according to our Lord’s plan), he does not know where Jesus can be found. The narrative of conflict about Jesus contrasts Jesus (light) with the Jews (blindness, Jn 9:39–41). This man’s “repeated and humble confession of ignorance (9:12, 25, 36) stands in contrast with the Pharisees’ brash statements (9:16, 24, 29)” (Kostenberger, 285). Therefore they said to him, 'How were your eyes opened?' Why do they not look at this man and his plight in terms of our Lord’s mission, and theirs? 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. Unfortunately, so do our Lord’s disciples (see verse 2). 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