John Lesson 13 Day 3
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, they 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.
Perhaps 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 people took the man to the Pharisees.
6. The Pharisees —
The Pharisees were perpetually offended by Jesus.
They argued among themselves and were divided in their opinions regarding Jesus.
It seems the majority of them believed Jesus was a sinner and should be rejected.
Some proposed that their understanding and application of the Sabbath law was wrong. (Guzik)
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. The Jewish leaders were convinced that God would not do a “work”—mighty or otherwise—on His day of rest.
So either the man was not healed or the “work” had another origin. A medical recovery was just as impossible to fathom, because congenital blindness was considered something God could not or would not do.
Others disagreed, wondering “how else could Jesus work a miracle like this?”
It was easier for the religious leaders to believe the man was never actually blind in the first place that to believe that Jesus healed him. (Guzik)
Questioning the man born blind
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.
7. a. Again the Pharisees asked the man how he received his sight.
The man answered, “He smeared mud on my eyes, and I washed, and now I see.” John 8:15 AMPC
They asked him, “What do you say about Him seeing that He opened your eyes?” John 9:17 AMPC
The formerly blind man said, “He is [He must be] a prophet.” AMPC
The Jews did not believe that he had really been blind . . . so they called his parents.
b. His 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 parents did not actually witness the healing event and were intimidated and afraid of the Jewish leaders.
8. My faith grows with every encounter.
The more I learn about him, the more I love him and trust him.
I recognize my own misconceptions about what God will and will not do and when and where he will or won’t.
Also, the more I love and trust him, the less I withhold of myself.
I don’t respond well when confronted.
Nor am I articulate and pithy when put on the spot.
Jesus’ answers astound me. He never got nervous or intimidated because He knew who He was and Is.
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. “. . . seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33 ESV)
Jeremiah 32:17 came to mind while studying this lesson.
“Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.” ESV
My answers to BSF Bible study questions on John Lesson 13 Day 3 ~ John 9:13-23