John Lesson 13 Day 4 ~ John 9:8-34
9 — People react to the previously blind man’s miracle.
The bystanders — They knew him as the blind beggar
Many people recognized him, confirming they knew him as a blind man. He was well-known, probably because as a beggar, he cried out with a loud voice.
Some weren’t sure it was him. He looked so different, some people questioned his identity. They had only seen him sitting and begging. Scripture doesn’t say what his eyes looked like before. Or maybe he was born without eyes.
Or some just refused to believe their own eyes. “Abraham replied, ‘If they won’t listen to Moses and the Prophets, they’re not going to be convinced by someone who rises from the dead.” Luke 16:31 MSG
The man spoke for himself saying, “Yes, I am the one.”
Then they asked him what happened and how he could see. The man answered, “A man named Jesus made a paste and rubbed it on my eyes and told me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ I did what he said. When I washed, I saw.” (MSG)
The people took the man to the Pharisees.
His parents —
The Pharisees intimidated the man’s parents. When questioned, his parents identified the man as their son and confirmed he was indeed born blind. They said they did not know how he could now see or who healed him.
The Pharisees —
The Pharisees had different opinions. They argued among themselves, and they doubted and condemned the man. Then they threw him out of the synagogue.
It’s amazing how some of the Pharisees were so unimpressed by the miracle. They said Jesus couldn’t be from God because he worked on the Sabbath. Others disagreed, wondering how else he could work a miracle like this. Some also doubted the man was actually blind in the first place.
10 —The Jewish leaders questioned the man over and over.
The Jewish leaders questioned the man over and over because they didn’t believe him. As they became more agitated, the healed man grew more confident and convinced. The difference between Jesus’ supernatural grace and mercy versus the Pharisees’ religious-spirited condemnation and hatred grew more obvious with every question and argument.
Finally, the man boldly stood up to them and spoke the truth. I believe he spoke by the Spirit like a prophet. Would a blind beggar display such bold confidence? It reminds me of what Jesus said to Simon Peter, “flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 16:17 (ESV)
My faith grows with every encounter.
The more I learn about him, the more I love him and trust him.
The more I love and trust him, the less I withhold of myself.
11 —I don’t respond well to confrontation.
Nor am I articulate and pithy when put on the spot.
Jesus’ answers astound me. Sometimes he refused to defend himself, and other times he confounded and outwitted his accusers.
Jesus said we shouldn’t worry about it. “When they drag you into their meeting places, or into police courts and before judges, don’t worry about defending yourselves—what you’ll say or how you’ll say it. The right words will be there. The Holy Spirit will give you the right words when the time comes.” Luke 12 :11-12 MSG
I believe as I continue to seek his face, I will grow in this area. (But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33 ESV)
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