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Thursday, May 19 2016
John 9: The Day When Everyone Will See
"And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized"
As they walked in Jerusalem, the Messiah and some of His disciples ("disciple" simply means student) encountered "a man which was blind from his birth." They asked, "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 then answered their 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)
The Messiah 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 The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour).
"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 man was miraculously healed, 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 healing wasn't in the pool; it was the results of the man's obedience and faith - that 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 spiritually blind 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)
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, May 19
241 BC: Agis IV, king of Sparta (the major city of the Peloponnesus in Greece), died (see the map at 1 Corinthians: That Rock Was Christ).
1445: John I of Castile defeated the Infantes of Aragon at the First Battle of Olmedo.
1499: Catherine of Aragon was married by proxy to Arthur Tudor, the Prince of Wales. Catherine was 13, Arthur was 12.
1535: Jacques Cartier left on his second voyage to Canada with 3 ships. They arrived at the Gulf of St. Lawrence after a 50-day crossing.
1536: Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, mother of Queen Elizabeth I, was beheaded at age 29 on charges of adultery. Henry married Jane Seymour the next day.
1568: After being defeated by the Protestants, Mary, Queen of Scots, fled to England where she was imprisoned, and later beheaded, by Queen Elizabeth I.
1588: King Philip II's "Spanish Armada" left Lisbon on its ill-fated attempt to conquer England and restore Roman Catholicism there.
1608: The Protestant states formed the Evangelical Union of Lutherans and Calvinists under the direction of the elector of Brandenburg.
1635: During the Thirty Years War, French Cardinal Richelieu declared that France was at war with the Hapsburgs in Spain.
1662: King Charles II approved a bill requiring all ministers to assent publicly to the Anglican "Book of Common Prayer."
1749: King George II granted the English pioneers of the Ohio Company a charter of land around the forks of the Ohio River.
1780: At 2:00 p.m. near-total darkness covered much of New England and eastern Canada. The cause remained unknown until 2007 when forestry scientists discovered conclusive evidence of a massive forest fire that occurred in eastern Ontario at the time of the "Dark Day of 1780."
1845: Captain John Franklin set sail from Greenhithe, England on his ill-fated Arctic expedition.
1897: The writer and poet Oscar Wilde was released from Reading Gaol Prison after serving a two year sentence for sodomy.
1911: Parks Canada, the first national park service in the world, was established as the Dominion Parks Branch under the Department of the Interior.
1935: Colonel T.E. Lawrence (popularly-known as "Lawrence of Arabia") died from a motorcycle accident in England. Lawrence assisted the Arabian nations to become independent from centuries of rule by the Ottoman Empire (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1958: The USA and Canada formally established the North American Air Defense Command.
1961: The Russian Venera 1 became the first spacecraft to complete a fly-by of another planet i.e. Venus.
1971: The Russian Mars 2 was launched. It became the first man-made object to land on the surface of Mars.
1991: The people of Croatia voted to become independent of Yugoslavia.