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John Chapter 9 Study by SHALOM

John Chapter 9 Read John 9:1-2 1As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" What is wrong with this question? It assumes somebody sinned. The question should be, “did anybody sin”? We should really watch how we assume anything, facts are always better than guessing. Is it fair to say that sin can cause sickness? Remember our study in chapter 5, the man at the Pool of Bethesda. What did Jesus say to him? John 5:14 14Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, "See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you." If the blind man in John 9:1-2 was blind from birth, why would the Disciples assume he was responsible for sinning? (Some Rabbi’s taught that it was possible to sin before birth) Read John 9:3 3"Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. Clearly nobody sinned, if someone is sick, never assume they sinned, you can also read about Job and his wonderful friends who blamed him for sinning, when he didn’t sin at all. We know that sinned entered the world through Adam and Eve and ultimately we will have to die because of it. Sin can cause sickness, but never assume it is the only answer. Romans 5:12-14 12Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned— 13for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. 14Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come. Jesus tells us plainly that this man was born blind so that God’s glory might be displayed. This means that God will allow things do happen in our lives to teach others a spiritual lesson. This blind man was set aside to for such a time as this. We are God’s creation and have no right to complain to Him about how we were created. Romans 9:20-21 20But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? "Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, 'Why did you make me like this?' " 21Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use? Life is about God, not us. Read John 9:4-5 4As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5While I am in the world, I am the light of the world." Are we the light to those around us? Do we help people to understand spiritual truths? There will come a time when we can no longer work. Will we have done all we could? Read John 9:6-7 6Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man's eyes. 7"Go," he told him, "wash in the Pool of Siloam" (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. Why did Jesus use mud and spit to heal this man? Matthew 9:28-30 28When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" "Yes, Lord," they replied. 29Then he touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith will it be done to you"; 30and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, "See that no one knows about this." Jesus used only touch in this case Mark 8:23-25 23He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man's eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, "Do you see anything?" 24He looked up and said, "I see people; they look like trees walking around." 25Once more Jesus put his hands on the man's eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. Jesus used spit and touch in this case. There is no winning technique, it is the power of God that brings healing no matter how it is done. Our focus should always be on God, let God out of the box if you put Him in one. We are in danger of following traditions if we are not careful to keep God center stage. The blind man was only able to see after doing what Jesus told him to do. Go wash. We have to exercise our faith to see God’s work in our lives. God is moved by faith not by needs. Read John 9:8-10 8His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, "Isn't this the same man who used to sit and beg?" 9Some claimed that he was. Others said, "No, he only looks like him." But he himself insisted, "I am the man." 10"How then were your eyes opened?" they demanded. Some people didn’t recognize the man because his blindness was his defining characteristic. They had a superficial knowledge of who he was, they didn’t really know him. We should not focus on someone’s disability, rather we should focus on who they are. Read John 9:11-12 11He replied, "The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see." 12"Where is this man?" they asked him. "I don't know," he said. Now that he is able to see, the people’s attention is now turned to Jesus. Read John 9:13-16 13They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. 14Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man's eyes was a Sabbath. 15Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. "He put mud on my eyes," the man replied, "and I washed, and now I see." 16Some of the Pharisees said, "This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath." But others asked, "How can a sinner do such miraculous signs?" So they were divided. The people were now focused on who healed the blind man, the Pharisee’s were focused on whether or not the law had been broken, Jesus was the only one concerned for the man. The Pharisee’s are treading on thin ice with their comments about who Jesus is. They are at risk of blaspheming the Holy Spirit, calling the work of God, the work of the devil. Still some understand that a house divided against itself cannot stand, Jesus is doing the work of the Father. Read John 9:17-23 17Finally they turned again to the blind man, "What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened." The man replied, "He is a prophet." 18The Jews still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man's parents. 19"Is this your son?" they asked. "Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?" 20"We know he is our son," the parents answered, "and we know he was born blind. 21But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don't know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself." 22His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews, for already the Jews had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Christ would be put out of the synagogue. 23That was why his parents said, "He is of age; ask him." The Pharisee’s don’t know what to think so they turn to the blind man and ask him. Then they seek out his parents to check out his story. They are blinded by religiousness. V 22 Don’t be afraid of those who would put you out of Church because half the modern Churches wouldn’t allow Jesus Himself in their Church, Jesus isn’t religious enough for them. If your Church practices tradition over relationship with God, get out of there. Read John 9:24-25 24A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. "Give glory to God," they said. "We know this man is a sinner." 25He replied, "Whether he is a sinner or not, I don't know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!" The Pharisee’s are dumb founded at this man and have to bring him in a second time. Now they are blatantly calling Jesus a sinner. I love this mans answer to them, "Whether he is a sinner or not, I don't know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!" It is too simple for the Pharisee’s to accept. They literally want Jesus to be a sinner, otherwise they would have to admit they were wrong. Read John 9:26-29 26Then they asked him, "What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?" 27He answered, "I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples, too?" 28Then they hurled insults at him and said, "You are this fellow's disciple! We are disciples of Moses! 29We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don't even know where he comes from." They ask him again and he only fuels their anger. Can you imagine these Pharisee’s are suppose to be the religious rulers and they are hurling insults at a man who God just healed of blindness. If these Pharisee’s had known God, they would have known who Jesus was and that He came from God. As far as Moses is concerned, they don’t follow his line of thinking either, Moses would have recognized that Jesus was from God. Read John 9:30-34 30The man answered, "Now that is remarkable! You don't know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. 31We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly man who does his will. 32Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. 33If this man were not from God, he could do nothing." 34To this they replied, "You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!" And they threw him out. This man who is not a religious leader knows more than these Pharisee’s who are suppose to know God. I have met Pastor’s who have learned too much theology and not enough relationship with God, some would say smokers don’t hear from God or that they are not usable by God. Either God accepted them when they got saved through Jesus Christ or there are smokers out there who hear from bad spirits who tell them to do good things. If we had to be perfect before coming to Christ, then Jesus died for nothing. I am not saying we have a license to sin, but God alone is the one who does the changing. Most of the people I have met who harp on smokers have many things in their own lives that need addressed also. Let’s not be Pharisee’s to one another, let’s throw the stone’s down and work on ourselves. Unforgiveness will keep you out of Heaven, not smoking. Read John 9:35-38 35Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?" 36"Who is he, sir?" the man asked. "Tell me so that I may believe in him." 37Jesus said, "You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you." 38Then the man said, "Lord, I believe," and he worshiped him. Look at the progression of how this man viewed Jesus. John 9:11 A man John 9:17 He’s a Prophet John 9:33 He’s from God John 9:35 Son of Man John 9:38 Calls Jesus Lord, believes and worships Him Makes you wonder why so many think you have to do all this other stuff and then your saved, salvation is free and based on what Jesus has already done. Do you believe Jesus is who He said He is or not? Read John 9:39-41 39Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind." 40Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, "What? Are we blind too?" 41Jesus said, "If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains. The blind man was healed of physical blindness, the Pharisee’s needed to be healed of Spiritual blindness. The fact that the Pharisee’s ask Jesus if they are blind too, shows the hardness of their hearts. If we claim to represent God, we had better have a relationship with Him. How you live will show the fruit of what you believe.

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Published on: 2010-03-25 (817 reads)

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