John Lesson 13 Day 4

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John Lesson 13 Day 4

John 9:24-34

9. Pharisees interrogate the healed man—again.

“They said to him again:” “The tone implies a harsh, intense interrogation.”(Guzik) They demand that the man “Give God the glory! We know this Man (Jesus) is a sinner.”

Alford in his commentary suggests that if the Pharisees think he is lying, this demand could be an attempt to get him to tell the truth according to Joshua 7:19.

Then Joshua said to Achan, “My son, give glory to the Lord God of Israel and give praise to him. And tell me now what you have done; do not hide it from me.” Joshua 7:19

Or “The man is being told that he has not been completely frank up till now. He has held back something which would show Jesus to be a sinner. . . . They take their stand on their preconceived ideas, he [the healed man] on the simple facts that he knows.” (Morris)

10. a. John 9:25

“Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”

The man did not let the Jewish leaders intimidate him. He didn’t try to be an expert but his statement is so powerful! I doubt the Pharisees were expecting this man who lived his life as a blind beggar to be so sharp-witted.

The Pharisees are frustrated because they cannot refute the evidence that this man was born blind because his parents confirmed it, and now he is able to see which they can verify for themselves. Yet they refuse to admit the obvious—that Jesus healed him.

b. The Pharisees asked again, “What did He do to you?”

The man answered, “I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?“John 9:27 NKJV

“The religious leaders could not keep from displaying their own proud arrogance and their prejudiced contempt of Jesus (this fellow).” (Guzik)

It sounds like the healed man mocked them whether he meant it that way or not.

“As the mercy of God had given him his sight, so the wisdom of God taught him how to escape the snares laid for his ruin.” (Clarke)

Finally, the man boldly stood up to them and spoke the truth. I believe he spoke by the Spirit like a prophet. Would a formerly blind beggar display such bold confidence and speak with such eloquence? He confronts them with their own statement that they don’t know where Jesus “came from.” They claim to be disciples of Moses and know all about God and His ways, but they are in complete denial of this marvelous, miraculous sign and wonder sitting and fearlessly speaking to them right in front of their eyes! THEY are blind!

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)

c. And [the religious leaders] excommunicated him.

“All others who came [as such] before Me are thieves and robbers, but the [true] sheep did not listen to and obey them.” John 10:8 AMPC

God hates a haughty spirit. (Proverbs 16:18)

These six things the Lord hates, indeed, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look [the spirit that makes one overestimate himself and underestimate others], a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood. . .” Proverbs 6:16-17 AMPC

11. Faith

When I was a teenager, my dad, an ordained minister of music and youth, was “excommunicated” at two different churches because revival broke out among the youth. I saw this haughty, religious spirit first hand. I knew I never wanted to be like that—attributing Holy Spirit’s work to the devil.

My answers to BSF Bible study questions on John Lesson 13 Day 4 ~ John 9:24-34