But there is another opportunity we may miss. (iii) There were the Pharisees. Why do you want to hear the story all over again? Thus he showed his power to help in the most desperate cases, and the work of his grace upon the souls of sinners, which gives sight to those blind by nature. (ii) He went on to call Jesus a prophet. The other is the miracle of the deaf stammerer (Mark 7:33). 1 * As he passed by he saw a man blind from birth. "A man may not fill a dish with oil and put it beside a lamp and put the end of the wick in it." After anointing the man's eyes with spittle, Jesus sent him to wash in the Pool of Siloam. "Rabbi." The writers of the other gospels had a different point of view; and regarded them as a demonstration of the compassion of Jesus. The approach of death should quicken us to improve all our opportunities of doing and getting good. In any collection of the world's greatest literature his parables would have to be listed. "We know that this man is a sinner." When trouble and disaster fall upon a man who does not know God, that man may well collapse; but when they fall on a man who walks with God they bring out the strength and the beauty, and the endurance and the nobility, which are within a man's heart when God is there. (ii) It was forbidden to heal on the Sabbath. That is why his parents said: "He is of age. Surely you can't want to become his disciples?" The fear of man brings a snare, Proverbs 29:25, and often makes people deny and disown Christ and his truths and ways, and act against their consciences. None but God is to be worshipped; so that in worshipping Jesus, he owned him to be God. Any kind of suffering is an opportunity to demonstrate the glory of God in our own lives. But he stoutly maintained the miracle which Jesus had wrought. 6 Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man's eyes. Christ came into the world to give sight to those who were spiritually blind. 9:6-12 When he had said this he spat on the ground, and made clay from the spittle, and he smeared the clay on his eyes and said to him: "Go, wash in the Pool of Siloam." God is always saying to us: "Now is the time." Now a prophet is a man who brings God's message to men. And as Jesus passed by When they saw him, they used the opportunity to put to Jesus a problem with which Jewish thought had always been deeply concerned, and which is still a problem. Study John 9 using John Lightfoot’s Bible Commentary to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. They expected a Messiah, but could not bear to think that this Jesus should be he, because his precepts were all contrary to their traditions, and because they expected a Messiah in outward pomp and splendour. At its heart is the supreme truth that the glory of God lies in his compassion, and that he never so fully reveals his glory as when he reveals his pity. (i) Jesus came into this world for judgment. Their zeal for mere rites consumed the substantial matters of religion; therefore Christ would not give place to them. John 9 - In-depth verse-by-verse Bible study and commentary of John chapter 9 in plain English. In Acts we twice hear of people who had been helpless from their birth (the lame man at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple in Acts 3:2, and the cripple at Lystra in Acts 14:8), but this is the only man in the gospel story who had been so afflicted. Many of the rulers in Jerusalem really believed in Jesus, but were afraid to say so "lest they should be put out of the synagogue" (John 12:42). (b) But there is another sense in which the man's suffering shows what God can do. This poor man could not see Christ, but Christ saw him. Those whose eyes are opened, and whose hearts are cleansed by grace, being known to be the same person, but widely different in character, live as monuments to the Redeemer's glory, and recommend his grace to all who desire the same precious salvation. What do we for God? What do we for our souls? Bible Study 9 Best Commentaries on the Gospel of John I highlight my favorite commentaries on the fourth gospel written by John to help you select your first or next commentary on the gospel of John. He knew quite well that if he came out on Jesus' side he was certain to be excommunicated. It is often urged that in this the Fourth Gospel is quite different from the others. We must be busy, and not waste day-time; it will be time to rest when our day is done, for it is but a day. And they ordered him to get out. When asked his opinion of Jesus in view of the fact that he had given him his sight, his answer was: "He is a prophet" (John 9:17). a 2 * His disciples asked him, b “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him. Antoninus disagreed and convinced Judah by his arguments, for Judah admitted that, if the evil impulse began with the formation of the embryo, then the child would kick in the womb and break his way out. A prophet is a man who lives close to God and has penetrated into his inner councils. Christ says of uncommon calamities, that they are not always to be looked on as special punishments of sin; sometimes they are for the glory of God, and to manifest his works. Frank Laubach has the great thought that when Christ, who is the Way, enters into us "we become part of the Way. "Surely," they said, "we are not blind?" How many blind eyes have been opened by the preaching of the gospel on the Lord's day! When Hezekiah realized that Sennacherib was about to invade Palestine he determined to cut through the solid rock a tunnel or conduit from the spring into the city (2 Chronicles 32:2-8; 2 Chronicles 32:30; Isaiah 22:9-11; 2 Kings 20:20). Healing is a work of the God of the Old Testament, as seen in Psalm 146:8, "The L ORD opens the eyes of the blind . It is not that the power of Jesus grows less, or that his light grows dim; it is that if we put off the great decision we become ever less able to take it as the years go on. The disciples look on him as a lesson or case study on the sources of sin. REVELATION AND CONDEMNATION (John 9:35-41), 9:35-41 Jesus heard that they had put him out, so he found him and said to him: "Do you believe in the Son of God?" But it is true for every man. When they were confronted with such an argument, see what they did. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 9:1-7 Christ cured many who were blind by disease or accident; here he cured one born blind. When we spend ourselves to help those in trouble, in distress, in pain, in sorrow, in affliction, God is using us as the highway by which he sends his help into the lives of his people. "How then," they said to him, "have your eyes been opened?" Both facts are attested to this day, when falsehood can bring no reward, by those who were present on the occasion" (Tacitus, Histories 4: 8 1). Bible Commentary / Produced by TOW Project Jesus and his disciples see a man born blind (the entire chapter 9). He came back from the pool wondering and wondered at; he came seeing. There comes to every man a chance to accept Christ as his Saviour, his Master and his Lord; and if that Starbuck in The Psychology of Religion has some interesting and warning statistics about the age at which conversion normally occurs. He had never met anyone who could do the kind of things Jesus did; and he began by thinking of Jesus as supreme among men. Third, they resorted to threatened force. JOHN 9 COMMENTARY Written and Edited by Glenn Pease Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind 1As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. Some said: "It is he." That is to say, they suspected that this was a miracle faked between Jesus and him. We may each of us know by this, whether we are of God or not. There is no more poignant sorrow than the tragic discovery that it is too late to do something which we might have done. One of the keynotes of the Old Testament is that the sins of the fathers are always visited upon the children. They said to him: "Where is this man you are talking about?" Even when a man cannot understand with his intellect, he can still feel with his heart. The engineers began their cutting from both ends and met in the middle--a truly amazing feat for the equipment of the time. . Now is the story of the boring through. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. Elijah proved that he was the prophet of the real God by doing things the prophets of Baal could not do (1 Kings 18:1-46 ). That is to say, they accused him of prenatal sin. CHAPTER 9 John 9:1-41.THE OPENING OF THE EYES OF ONE BORN BLIND, AND WHAT FOLLOWED ON IT. "Give the glory to God" they said. (Psalms 66:18). "But who is he, sir," he answered him, "that I might believe in him?" Many live by inflicting pain on others. Work must be done, decisions must be taken, while it is day, before the night comes down. It was called Siloam, which, it was said, meant sent, because the water in it had been sent through the conduit into the city. The preaching of the cross was thought to be folly by such as by carnal wisdom knew not God. - Bible verse - Bible verse Bible Search Topics Blog What’s New Resources Help About Donate Your sin remains.". (iii) Finally the blind man came to confess that Jesus was the Son of God He came to see that human categories were not adequate to describe him. With deft and revealing touches John causes the people involved to live before us. 1 Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. The Rabbi first answered: "From the formation of the embryo." Also, works of necessity and mercy are allowed, and the sabbath rest is to be kept, in order to the sabbath work. The penalty of loyalty may well be persecution and ostracism at the hands of men; its reward is a closer walk with Christ, and an increasing knowledge of his wonder. Medical attention could be given only if life was in actual danger. Since time began no one has ever heard of anyone who opened the eyes of a man born blind. Christ owns those who own him and his truth and ways. "Give the glory to God," was a phrase used in cross-examination which really meant: "Speak the truth in the presence and the name of God." Perseus tells how the aunt or the grandmother, who fears the gods and is skilled in averting the evil eye, will lift the baby from his cradle and "with her middle finger apply the lustrous spittle to his forehead and slobbering lips." That is why the man's parents answered that their son was quite old enough to be a legal witness and to answer his own questions. John 9 – Jesus Gives Sight to A Man Born Blind A. It was the Sabbath day on which Jesus had made the clay and healed the man. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dsb/john-9.html. When we read the wisdom of the words of Jesus, we are bound to say: "This is a prophet!" What good we have an opportunity to do, we should do quickly. Christ silenced them. "William Barclay's Daily Study Bible". If the engineers had cut straight it would have been a distance of 366 yards; but because they cut in a zig-zag, either because they were following a fissure in the rock, or to avoid sacred sites, the conduit is actually 583 yards. (i) Jesus looked for the man. Christ magnified his power, in making a blind man to see, doing that which one would think more likely to make a seeing man blind. (ii) In the time of Jesus the Jews believed in the preexistence of the soul. John 9:1-12 Commentary King James Version Questions for Discussion and Thinking Further follow the verse-by- verse International Bible Study Commentary. John 9 commentary 1. So the Pharisees began with suspicion. They brought the man and examined him. "The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, and his ears toward their cry" (Psalms 34:15). Study Hints for Discussion and Thinking Further will help with class And on the day of the boring through the stonecutters struck, each to meet his fellow, pick to pick; and there flowed the waters to the pool for a thousand and two hundred cubits, and a hundred cubits was the height of the rock above the heads of the stone-cutters.". While the workmen were still lifting pick to pick, each towards his neighbour, and while three cubits remained to be cut through, each heard the voice of the other who called his neighbour, since there was a crevice in the rock on the right side. It is better to love Jesus than to love theories about him. Even then it must be only such as to keep the patient from getting worse, not to make him any better. The use of spittle seems to us strange and repulsive and unhygienic; but in the ancient world it was quite common. "Take thought of time before time is ended." But the argument does show us that the idea of prenatal sin was known. What do we more than others? LIGHT FOR THE BLIND EYES (John 9:1-5 continued). There were two kinds of excommunication. Clearly the man who was born blind was in no danger of his life; therefore Jesus broke the Sabbath when he healed him. It is good to observe the way and method of God's works, and they will appear the more wonderful. ." In the time of Jesus certain Jews did believe that a man's affliction, even if it be from birth, might come from sin that he had committed before he was born. It must never be forgotten that no man lives to himself and no man dies to himself. (i) By making clay he had been guilty of working on the Sabbath when even the simplest acts constituted work. "If a man extinguishes a lamp on the Sabbath to spare the lamp or the oil or the wick, he is culpable." John 9:2-3 At some time or other, every human being experiences suffering. Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Our life is our day, in which it concerns us to do the work of the day. In the imaginary conversations between Antoninus and Rabbi Judah the Patriarch, Antoninus asks: "From what time does the evil influence bear sway over a man, from the formation of the embryo in the womb or from the moment of birth?" Christ cured many who were blind by disease or accident; here he cured one born blind. If the Pharisees had been brought up in ignorance, they could not have been condemned. "A man may not go out on the Sabbath with sandals shod with nails." Christ not only worked miracles on the sabbath, but in such a manner as would give offence to the Jews, for he would not seem to yield to the scribes and Pharisees. John 9:1-7 New International Version Update Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind 9 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. How could the blindness possibly be due to his own sin, when he had been blind from his birth? He was cursed in the presence of the people, and he was cut off from God and from man. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? He then went to Capernaum for a brief visit (2:12), after which he went to Jerusalem for the Passover festival. The man who thinks he knows it all, the man who does not realize that he cannot see, is the man who is truly blind and beyond hope and help. Isaiah hears God say to the sinning people: "When you spread forth your hands (the Jews prayed with the hands stretched out, palms upwards), I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood" (Isaiah 1:15). One thing I do know--I used to be blind and now I can see." We do well sometimes to think of the sheer magnificence of the manhood of Jesus. (ii) There were the man's parents. The man is healed. After all, to this day the efficacy of any medicine or treatment depends at least as much on the patient's faith in it as in the treatment or the drug itself. "I have already told you," the man said, "and you did not listen. Having been cured, he had some difficulty in persuading the people that a real cure had been effected. But the sin of the self-conceited and self-confident remains; they reject the gospel of grace, therefore the guilt of their sin remains unpardoned, and the power of their sin remains unbroken. (i) He began by calling Jesus a man. There are two senses in which that is true. John 9:1 John 9:2 John 9:3 John 9:4 John 9:5 John 9:6 John 9:7 John 9:8 John 9:9 John 9:10 John 9:11 John 9:12 John 9:13 John 9:14 John 9:15 John 9:16 John 9:17 John 9:18 John 9:19 John 9:20 John 9:21 John 9:22 John 9:23 When the leper came with his desperate request for cleansing Jesus was moved with compassion (Mark 1:41). And if we know or apprehend anything of Christ, it is because we were first known of him. 7 'Go,' he told him, 'wash in the Pool of Siloam' (this word means Sent). They were obviously uncooperative, but at the same time they were afraid. 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