Questions, Questions

John 9:17-21.

They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of Him, that He hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.

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.

And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?

His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:

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.

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The Pharisees believed they had finally found something for which they could put Jesus on trial, and take His life. Once again, He had performed a miracle (work of healing) on the Sabbath. Moreover, He had claimed to be the Son of God! Such heresy could not be tolerated.

They questioned the blind man again, asking him what he thought about his Healer. The blind man answered, “Well, He must be a prophet!”

The Old Testament scriptures were full of stories of the prophets performing miracles, even bringing someone back to life (I Kings 17:17-24). So it was well within the bounds for the blind man to assume was Jesus was another prophet.

The problem, of course, was that no other prophet had ever claimed to be God incarnate. The Pharisees needed more proof of Jesus’ crimes, so they questioned the blind man again, wanting proof that he had indeed been born blind.

The best witnesses, obviously, were the blind man’s parents. Did you catch the way the Pharisees framed their question? “Is this your son, whom ye say was born blind? How is it, then that he can now see?” Their question was set up to try to catch the parents and their son as liars.

The parents were wary, though. They said, “We know this is our son. We know he was born blind. We do NOT know how he regained his sight. He’s an adult. Ask him. He can speak for himself.”

2 thoughts on “Questions, Questions

  1. I love this account. The Lord revealed much within it. We can learn so much from it on so many levels. It is almost the Gospel in microcosm.

    The parents of the man were certainly taking a chance here, doing their best to be responsible but also avoid religious land mines. These highly exalted brilliant teachers of the Law, who actually reformed the Law to suit themselves, insisted on an answer for every possible situation and thus always had their hands full regarding the Lord’s ministry (“Great! NOW what do we do!”). This miracle would force them to rewrite portions of their hidden code which they subjected to everyone, and scared everyone to no end in the process. The poor parents were caught in the middle but did an admirable job of maintaining their position and keeping their wits.

    Thanks and Blessings to you. I hope you are feeling better.

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    1. I am, RJ, thanks to medication and lots of rest :).

      Indeed, the religious leaders of the day had reworked God’s law to fit their own ideas, and to impose more restraints on the people. And I agree–this is a perfect picture of the gospel, the struggle between faith and the law. That struggle continues to this day, doesn’t it? Keeping the rules has become far more important than simply accepting salvation, freely given to all who believe that Jesus was the Son of God, died for our sin, and rose again to gain victory over death. So simple, so profound.

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