John Lesson 13 Day 5 ~ John 9:35-41
12 — Jesus went looking for the formerly blind man.
a. Jesus heard the religious leaders excommunicated the man.
When Jesus found him, he asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” Jesus called himself by this name which comes from Daniel 7:13-14. Daniel’s vision revealed the Messiah, the promised deliverer. Even though the man didn’t fully understand, he wanted to believe.
Adam Clarke makes the following observation about this encounter:
It is very likely that the blind man did not know that it was Jesus the Christ who now spoke to him; for it is evident he had never seen him before this time; and he might now see him without knowing that he was the person by whom he was cured, till our Lord made that discovery of himself…
John 9:37-38 NLT
“You have seen him, ” Jesus said, “and he is speaking to you!”
“Yes, Lord, I believe!” the man said. And he worshiped Jesus.
I love the passion conveyed in the Syriac translation of “he worshiped Him”—
“and, casting himself down, he adored him.”
Now, this man’s spiritual eyes are open also.
One day “…all created beings in heaven and on earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father.” Philippians 2:10-11 MSG
b. My response
Why wait for “one day” or “someday”? The more I seek him, the more I know him, and the more my heart compels me to worship and adore him. The Christmas song O Come Let Us Adore Him is appropriate every day.
Someone said, “The Bible is the only book where the author is right there with you.”
13 — The Pharisees had become blind law enforcement officers.
…Jesus attracted the needy and repelled the self-satisfied, and was therefore a continuous judgment. Those conscious of their deficiencies and ready to ask for light received it (verses 36-38), while those satisfied with their own opinion became daily more blinded by their bigotry.
If (they, the Pharisees) were conscious of (their) spiritual darkness, and sought light, (they) would either find it or not be blamed for their failure to do so. They could see if they would, and were responsible for their blindness. J.W. McGarvey
God told Isaiah
“Go and tell this people:
“‘Listen hard, but you aren’t going to get it;
look hard, but you won’t catch on.’
Make these people blockheads,
with fingers in their ears and blindfolds on their eyes,
So they won’t see a thing,
won’t hear a word,
So they won’t have a clue about what’s going on
and, yes, so they won’t turn around and be made whole.” (MSG)
Although the Pharisees knew the scriptures about the Messiah, their spiritual eyes were blind to the truth.
14 — Jesus’ character
- Faithful to his purpose
- Obedient to his Father
- Compassionate toward the needy
I realize how many details I’ve missed in Jesus’ encounter with the man born blind.
Father, may I worship you with the same passion and adoration as the man whose physical eyes you opened.
MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on John Lesson 13 Day 5 & Day 6 John 9:35-41 + Review