Daily Bible Studies & Sermon Notes

John 9:9-38
Pastor Steve Schell
Sunday: John 9:9-11vs9-11: The man’s neighbors and those who had known him as a beggar were divided in their opinion. Some did not believe a miracle had occurred. Apparently they suspected fraud. They said this person in front of them was someone who merely looked like that blind man, to which the man himself kept saying, “It’s me!” Others recognized him and realized a miracle must have happened. Everyone asked how, and he replied that a man named Jesus made clay, put in on his eyes and then told him to go to the Pool of Siloam and wash. He said he did as he was instructed and had come back seeing. Monday: John 9:12-17vs12-14: Then they asked him where Jesus was, but he didn’t know. Apparently they were troubled by the thought that Jesus had made clay and performed a miracle on the Sabbath, so they led him to the Pharisees for questioning. They would let religious scholars, who were more knowledgeable in these matters, determine whether or not Jesus had violated a commandment. vs15-17: The Pharisees began by asking the man the same question his neighbors had asked: How was he able to see? He answered, “He put clay on my eyes. I washed, and I see” (literal). Again, as had happened to the neighbors, these scholars were divided in their opinions. Some, but not all, decided the miracle could not be from God because, in their judgment, Jesus had violated the commandment to rest on the Sabbath. Others asked how it was possible for a sinful man to perform such a miracle. It was obvious to them that only God could have done such a wonder. So a debate broke out between the two sides, and at some point they turned to the man and asked what he thought of Jesus. He said Jesus was a prophet, which at that point in time was the best he knew. Tuesday: John 9:18-23vs18-23: Then it appears that members of the Sanhedrin became involved because John refers to the “Jews,” which was a term used especially for those religious leaders. They summoned the man’s parents to what by now had become a formal hearing. They asked them to testify if this indeed was their son. Was this the man who had been born blind? Yes, or no! They were very careful in the way they answered. They did not want to say anything more than was absolutely necessary because these leaders had publicly threatened to make an outcast of anyone who dared to say that Jesus was the Messiah. The parents did admit, “This is our son,” but were careful to add, “We don’t know how his eyes were opened.” Then essentially, they backed away and left their son on his own. They said, “He’s an adult; ask him.” They identified him as their son and acknowledged he could see, but they refused to comment further. Wednesday: John 9:24-26vs24-26: Finally, the leaders summoned the man himself. They didn’t start the examination by asking what happened, because in their minds the verdict was already decided. They started by challenging him to renounce Jesus as a sinner. They wanted him to testify that Jesus had nothing to do with the miracle, but that God had done this miracle in spite of that “wicked” man. They may have even suggested that God was using Jesus to test Israel to see if the nation would follow after a false teacher. The man refused to cooperate. He said he didn’t know if Jesus was a sinner, but he did know he could see. Then, probably with the hope of discovering some sort of wrong action which Jesus had done during the miracle that might indicate demonic involvement, they asked him again to tell them how he received his sight. Thursday: John 9:27-29vs27-29: At some point during this questioning the man made a decision to put himself at risk. He recognized the ugly spirit in which this investigation was being conducted and decided to stand with Jesus. He aggressively turned on his interrogators and said, “I already told you, and you didn’t listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also [like I have] want to become His disciples?” (literal). That made them furious, and they began to insult him. They said, “You’re His disciple, but we’re Moses’ disciples. We know God spoke to Moses, but we don’t know where He’s from or what power He uses” (paraphrase). Friday: John 9:30-34vs30-34: When he heard that statement, the man dropped all caution and openly challenged the foolishness of their reasoning. He said, “Well this is a marvelous thing, that you don’t know whether or not He’s from God, but He opened my eyes. And we know God doesn’t listen to sinners, but if anyone fears God and does His will He hears that person. From the beginning [of human history] no one has ever heard of someone opening the eyes of a person born blind. If this man was not from God, He could do nothing!” (paraphrase). They couldn’t argue with his logic, so they turned their attack on the man himself. And as they did so their deep religious prejudice was exposed. According to their religious beliefs someone must have sinned for a baby to be born blind, so they said, “You were born completely (wholly) in sins, and do you teach us?” (literal). And then John says “they cast him out” (v34), which was a very serious punishment. Until he repented he would be treated like a “dead man,” allowed only to buy the bare necessities of life (Alfred Edersheim, The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah, E.R. Herrick and Co., Vol. 2, p.184). Saturday: John 9:35-38vs35-38: When Jesus heard what they had done to him, He knew the man had refused to betray Him, so He found him and asked a very spiritual question, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” (literal). The man replied, “Who is He, sir, so that I may believe in Him?” Then Jesus revealed that He was that amazing Person who the prophet Daniel saw in a vision. In that vision Daniel watched as God gave authority over all the kingdoms of the earth to Someone who looked “like a Son of Man,” meaning He looked like a human being (Da 7:13-14). So in answer to the man’s question about the identity of the Son of Man, Jesus declared, “You have seen Him, and He is the One who is speaking to you” (literal). And the man confessed, “I believe, Lord!” and worshiped Him. 

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