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Thursday, November 1 2012
How Were Thine Eyes Opened?
"Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?"
One day, the Messiah and some of His disciples ("disciple" simply means student) encountered "a man which was blind from his birth." They asked Him, "Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?"
"9:1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. 9:2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?" (John 9:1-2 KJV)
The Messiah answered the question in a way that only He could have answered.
"9:3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me [see Works Means Obedience; also What Happened When The Messiah Arrived In Heaven?], while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." (John 9:3-5 KJV)
Jesus then made a mixture of clay, keeping in mind that the first humans were made from clay (although often translated as "dust"), by the LORD God, who was Christ (see Who Is The LORD?).
"9:6 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, 9:7 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." (John 9:6-7 KJV)
The result was miraculous, but the healing would not have happened if the man didn't obey what his Healer told him to do ("Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight"). The miracle wasn't in the pool; it was in the man's obedience and faith - which those who mocked the healing obviously didn't have.
"9:8 The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?
The unbelievers then brought the man to the Pharisees, who also could not "see" a miracle when one was standing right before them.
"9:13 They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind. 9:14 And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. 9:15 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." (John 9:13-15 KJV)
"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."
As is typical of carnal-minded people, ancient and modern, who are confronted with Truth (see Who Has A Spirit Of Confrontation?) that overwhelms their self-worshipping myths and fantasies, they first resorted to blustering slander. In this case, they accused the Messiah of violating the Sabbath by doing a miracle on that day - the Sabbath that Christ, as the LORD God, created and commanded all of humanity to observe, beginning with Adam and Eve (the first human Sabbath keepers; see When Is The LORD's Day?) and formally given to the Israelites at Mount Sinai. The reality is that they were the violators of the Sabbath by defiling it with their man-made traditions (see How Did The Messiah's Levite Priesthood Change?).
"9:16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day.
The people that the religious "authorities" were to have served had, over a long time, permitted their ministers to tyrannize them. When the Pharisees asked the healed man's parents about him, they were afraid that they would "be put out of the synagogue" if they told the Truth to men who were rejecting the Truth (see also Is Your Church A Cult?).
"9:18 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. 9:19 And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?
Their inquisition then turned back to the healed man. Amazingly, they urged him to "Give God the praise," while calling Jesus a "sinner."
"9:24 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.
The healed man would not, could not, any longer be intimidated by them. He knew that he had been healed, and he knew that it happened because he had the faith and obedience in the one who did it.
"9:27 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?
The incident is a prime example of the "blind leading the blind" ("15:12 Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? 15:13 But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch." Matthew 15:12-14 KJV). But the "blind man" could now see, not just with his eyes, but with his spirit. After the man was put out by the unbelievers, the Messiah found him and asked him "Dost thou believe on the Son of God?" The man's answer was a repeat of his earlier actions of faith and obedience: "Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him."
"9:35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?
What about those "blind" Pharisees? Some of them later began to "see" (the famous "John 3:16" lesson was given to a Pharisee, Nicodemus, whose "eyes" had been opened; see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?), while others, such as Saul/Paul had their eyes opened later (see the Fact Finder question), while others have yet to have their opportunity to choose the right Light (see Who Lights Your Walk?) in due time (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The New Covenant).
"9:40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?
Fact Finder: Among those spiritually blind (because they were blinded to the Truth by another spirit; again, see Who Lights Your Walk?) Jerusalem religious authorities was a Pharisee named Saul, who would, after his conversion, become known as the apostle Paul. As part of his conversion, was Saul struck down blind while he was on a journey to persecute Christians? When was Saul able to "see the light"?
This Day In History, November 1
79: Near Naples, Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the ancient Roman port city of Pompeii.
1043: Holy Roman emperor Henry III (see The Holy Roman Empire) married Agnes of Poitou, a descendant of kings of Burgandy and Italy, to form an alliance designed to cement the empire's relations with its neighboring states to the west.
1512: Michelangelo's painting of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel ceiling was opened to the public.
1683: The British-built colony of New York (named after England's Duke of York and Albany) was subdivided into 12 counties.
1762: French troops capitulated at Cassel and evacuated to the right bank of the Rhine during the Seven Years War.
1755: An earthquake destroyed Lisbon, Portugal and killed 60,000 people.
1765: The British Parliament enacted the Stamp Act, a tax on the New England colonies that helped to pay for British military defense of those same colonies against invasion by the powerful French and Spanish military presence in North America. The French held extensive colonies in what is today eastern Canada and Louisiana, while the Spanish (thanks to Christopher Columbus who claimed the entire "New World" for Spain and the Papacy; see the map of the voyages of Columbus at Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy) held the vast Caribbean region from Florida to what is today Mexico, and south into South America. Ironically, the tax to pay for the defense of the colonies became one of the major incitement tactics used by the leaders of the revolution. France eagerly assisted the insurgency (while hypocritically tolerating no independence for their own colonies throughout North America), with the intent to invade them once the British military connection could be broken. France couldn't carry through with their strategic plan because of the disastrous wars that the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte started in Europe and into Russia (the Napoleonic Wars, 1799-1815) that consumed the French army, culminating in the famous Battle of Waterloo (Belgium) in June 1815, during which Prussian (German) and British forces routed the French army under Napoleon.
1856: Britain declared war on Persia (Persia is known today as Iran) after Persia invaded Afghanistan (see also Iran's Greatest Leader Was Pro-Zionist).
1869: Louis Riel seized Fort Garry (Winnipeg, Manitoba) during the Red River Rebellion.
1932: Wernher von Braun was named head of Adolf Hitler's (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) liquid-fuel rocket program that was used to bomb Britain (in which thousands of British civilians were killed) during the Second World War. After the war, the "reformed Nazi" Wernher von Braun was admitted into the U.S. where the Nazi (he later admitted that he had been a member of both Hitler's political Nazi party and Hitler's war-criminal SS, "schutzstaffel") worked on the development of NASA rockets (despite the opposition of those who knew the truth about "the NASA Nazi," including many Jews and Jewish holocaust survivors) and U.S. nuclear missiles.
1936: Benito Mussolini announced the formation of the "Rome-Berlin Axis."
1939: The world's first jet plane, the German Heinkel HE 178, made its first flight.
1950: Pope Pius XII declared "the assumption of Mary" (i.e. taken into heaven, body and soul, upon her death) to be definitive dogma for Roman Catholics. The false doctrine is blatantly contrary to the true Word of God in the Holy Bible (see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?).
1959: Jacques Plante of the Montreal Canadiens became the first goal tender to wear face protection in the National Hockey League.
1963: President Diem of South Vietnam was overthrown in a U.S.-staged coup. He was killed the next day.
1984: Rajiv Gandhi was sworn-in as the Prime Minister of India amid anti-Sikh riots following the assassination of his mother, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, by two of her Sikh bodyguards. Rajiv Gandhi was in later years also assassinated, by a suicide bomber.
1993: The Maastrict Treaty came into effect, creating a new European Union (a Biblically-prophesied event - see What Is The Mark Of The Beast?).