Scripture: John 9:1-41

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Jesus Heals The Man Who Was Born Blind

John 9:1-12 (KJV) And as Jesus passed by, He saw a man which was blind from his birth.  And His disciples asked Him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?  Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.  I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.  As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When He had thus spoken, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.  The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?  Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he. 10 Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?  11 He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.  12 Then said they unto him, Where is He? He said, I know not.

Questions:

1. Who did Jesus see (John 9:1)?

2. Whose sin had not caused this man’s blindness (John 9:3a)?

3. What did Jesus say was the reason for the man’s blindness (John 9:3b)?

4. Whose work was Jesus doing (John 9:4)?

5. What was Jesus as long as He was in the world (John 9:5)?

6. What did Jesus do for the blind man (John 9:6-7)?

Answers:

1. Jesus saw a man who was born blind.

2. Neither the man nor his parents had caused his blindness.

3. The man was blind so the works of God could be made manifest in him.

4. Jesus was working the works of Him (God, the Father) who had sent Him (God , the Son).

5. As long as Jesus was in the world, He was the light of the world.

6. Jesus gave the blind man sight.

Religious Leaders Question The Blind Man

John 9:13 13 They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.  14 And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.  15 Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.  16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because He keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.  17 They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of Him, that He hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.  18 But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.  19 And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see? 20 His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind: 21 But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself. 22 These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that He was Christ, He should be put out of the synagogue. 23 Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him. 24 Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.  25 He answered and said, Whether He be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see. 26 Then said they to him again, What did He to thee? how opened He thine eyes? 27 He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be His disciples?  28 Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art His disciple; but we are Moses’ disciples.  29 We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence He is.  30 The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence He is, and yet He hath opened mine eyes.  31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth His will, Him He heareth.  32 Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.  33 If this man were not of God, He could do nothing.  34 They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.

Questions:

1. On what day did Jesus make the clay, and open the blind man’s eyes (John 9:13)? 

2. Who asked the blind man how he had received sight (John 9:15)?

3. About whom did the Pharisees disagree? (John 9:16)?

4. Who was asked and what were they asked by the Pharisees about the previously blind man (John 9:18-19)?

5. What was their response to the Pharisees (John 9:20-21)?

6. Why did the Pharisees get upset with the previously blind man (John 9:27-28)?

7. What did the previously blind man say about God (John 9:31-33)?

8. What did the Pharisees say and do to the previously blind man (John 34)?

Answers:

1. Jesus open the blind man’s eyes on the Sabbath.

2. The Pharisees asked the blind man how he had received his sight.

3. The Pharisees disagreed about Jesus.

4. The blind man’s parents were asked if it was their son who had received his sight.

5. They told the Pharisees yes this was their son but they didn’t know how or from whom he had received his sight. And then the parents told the Pharisees to ask their son, that he could speak for himself.

6. The blind man asked the Pharisees if they wanted to become Jesus’ disciples too.

7. The previously blind man said God doesn’t listen to sinners. He listens to the godly man who does His will. If Jesus wasn’t from God He could do nothing.

8. The Pharisees told the man he was steeped in sin at birth and he shouldn’t be lecturing them and then they threw him out.

Jesus Teaches About Spiritual Blindness

John 9:35-41 35 Jesus heard that they had cast him (the previously blind man) out; and when He had found him, He said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?  36 He answered and said, Who is He, Lord, that I might believe on Him?  37 And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen Him, and it is He that talketh with thee.  38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped Him.  39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.  40 And some of the Pharisees which were with Him heard these words, and said unto Him, Are we blind also?  41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

Questions:

1.What did Jesus ask the previously blind man (John 9:35)?

2.What was the previously blind man’s response (John 9:36)?

3. Then what did Jesus say (John 9:37)?

4. What then did the previously blind man say and do (John 9:38)?

Answers:

1. Jesus asked the man if he believed on (in) the Son of God.

2. The man asked who was the Son of God that he might believe on Him.

3. Jesus said the man had both seen Him and was talking to Him.

4. The man said, “Lord I believe.” And he worshipped Jesus.

HEAR the WORD

John 9:28-30 28 Then they reviled him, and said, “Thou art His disciple; but we are Moses’ disciples.  29 We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence He is.”  30 The man answered and said unto them, “Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence He is, and yet He hath opened mine eyes.

John 9:39-41 39 And Jesus said, “For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.”  40 And some of the Pharisees which were with Him heard these words, and said unto Him, “Are we blind also?”  41 Jesus said unto them, “If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.”

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  My thoughts: Though the previously blind man was a new believer (see John 9:38), he had “seen enough” to know that he had been given more than just physical sight.  The Pharisees though were blinded to Jesus’ miracle.

MEMORIZE the WORD

John 9:3 (NIV) “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

We live in a world where good behavior isn’t always immediately rewarded.  And bad behavior isn’t always immediately punished. But as Christians we must continually live our life in line with God’s will.  If God took suffering away every time we asked Him to do so, we would follow Him for comfort and convenience and not because of our love and devotion to Him.  

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

Help your family and friends to understand that many times nobody has sinned to cause a particular situation.  But God can meet us at our point of need. Christ uses our suffering to grow our faith and teach us to glorify God.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, when we see a miracle, I pray we will not be surprised or skeptical like the previously blind man’s neighbors (John 9:8-9).  Lord, when we see a miracle, I pray we will not show disbelief or prejudice like the Pharisees (John 9:16).   Lord, when we see a miracle, I pray we will not keep quiet because of fear like the parents (John 9:18-23).  Lord, I pray we will respond as the previously blind man with a consistent and growing faith (John 9:11, 17, 25, 27, 30-33, 38).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I continue growing in our own faith.” <>< Dona