John 9 Verses 1-7

NOTICE: THIS REPLACES THE PREVIOUS LESSON ON JESUS AND THE BLIND MAN PART ONE

 

http://ref.ly/Jn9.1-7

As Jesus traveled along in the city of Jerusalem, He saw a man with congenital blindness. The decision Jesus made concerning this blind man is significant. See John 5:5-6. He is sovereign in His works. This man lived in hopelessness. This is an illustration of man’s spiritual blindness from birth John 9:39-41; http://www.crossbooks.com/verse.asp?ref=Jn+2 2 Cor. 4:4; Ephesians 2:1-3.

The disciples faced a theological problem. They believed sin was connected with suffering. They asked Jesus who sinned in this case. Did his parents sin or did he sin? He may have sinned in his mother’s womb. Jesus answers them by saying that neither his parents nor his self sinned. It should be noted that this does not contradict the sinfulness of all humanity. Note Romans 3:9-20, 23. His blindness was not caused by a specific sin. Instead, it was to glorify God. God would be able to reveal His glory in the midst of tragedy. Exodus 4:11 and 2 Cor. 12:9.

John 9:4-5 (KJV)
(4) I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. (5) As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
In this context, the word “day” means an allotted time. Jesus was on God’s Divine timeline. He had a certain amount of work to do in a certain time. He had to do the works of the Father within that time. The word “we” included the disciples with an extension to all believers. The word “night” within this context means the limit set to do God’s works. In the case of Jesus, the time would end with His death. As the “light of the world,” Jesus gives people salvation. (cf. 8:12). After Jesus died, His disciples would be the lights of the world.
http://ref.ly/Mt5.14 and http://ref.ly/Ep5.8-14
. Believers would bring people to Christ.

There are those who would be against what Jesus does in these two verses (6-7) because it involves spit. Jesus placed clay (mud with salvia) on this man’s eyes. Man is made from the dust of the earth. Genesis 2:7. Jesus may have used this action to develop the man’s faith–instead of medicine. The making of mud broke the Rabbinic regulations against kneading clay on the Sabbath http://ref.ly/Jn9.14. Jesus told the man to wash in the pool of Siloam (means sent). This water is located at the southeastern corner of Jerusalem. This is where Hezekiah’s tunnel channeled water inside the city walls from the Gihon Spring. Note the following: the man was “sent” there and Jesus was the One “sent” by the Father. The man…washed and went home seeing!

 

Studies in Emotions–Guilt

August is just around the corner. In the coming month, we will study the subject of guilt. Guilt is something that everybody has to deal with at some point in time.

I hope these lessons will be of benefit to you as I prayerfully present them to you.

Jesus and the Blind Man

http://ref.ly/Jn9.1-3

When I read this passage, the first thing that comes to my mind is the response of the disciples. They ask Jesus what sin did this man’s parents commit. There are some of people who ask this question today.

Isaiah predicted that in messianic times various “signs” would take place. He states that the Messiah would “open eyes that are blind.” Note the following verse:

Isaiah 42:7 (KJV)
(7) To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.”

Compare this verse with the following:

http://ref.ly/Is29.18 and http://ref.ly/Is35.5

Jesus healed the blind.

http://ref.ly/Mt12.22f

http://ref.ly/Mt15.30

http://ref.ly/Mt9.27-31

This miracle in John 9 is notable because Jesus had just proclaimed Himself as “the Light of the world John 8:12. He gave sight to a man born blind. This was a public demonstration of His claim.

John 9:1 (KJV)
(1) And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.”

Jesus was in Jerusalem at this time. The man He saw at congenital blindness. Jesus’ decision to heal this man is significant. Note John 5:5-6. He shows His sovereignty in His works. This man’s blindness from birth showed his hopelessness. This also reveals man’s spiritual blindness from birth. Note the following scriptures:

John 9:39 (KJV)
(39) And 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.”

http://ref.ly/2Co4.4

http://ref.ly/Ep2.1-3

 

John 9:2-3 (KJV)
(2) And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? (3) Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”

The disciples face a theological problem. They believe that sin has a direct result on suffering. How could a person be born with a handicap? Either he sinned, or his parents sinned. Did he sin in his mother’s womb? Jesus deals with this in the upcoming verses.

Did his parents sin? http://ref.ly/Ex20.5 Jesus said neither one of them sinned. It should be noted that these words do not contradict what is found in Romans 3:9-20, 23. Instead Jesus meant that this man’s blindness was not caused by some specific sin. The problem existed so that God could display His glory in the midst of what seemed to be tragedy. See http://ref.ly/Ex4.11 and http://ref.ly/2Co12.9.

 

We Can Never Frustrate Jesus

 

John 9:1 (KJV)
(1) “And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.”

Note:

These notes are taken from Boice Expositional Commentary. This database is a part of WordSearch’s biblical software, which is located on my laptop.

 

The first and great lesson of John 9 is that man cannot frustrate God. It should be understood that man’s hatred and man’s sin could not frustrate God. God accomplishes his purposes sovereignly. He saves by grace those whom He chooses to call to Himself.

The fact that the religious leaders hated Jesus to the point of stoning Him did not frustrate Jesus. Stoning was a serious action. Yet it did not shake Jesus from His mission. If they had attempted to stone Jesus, it would have caused a great turmoil in the temple precincts. Jesus removed Himself probably just a stone’s throw away from this area. He stopped to fix his eyes on the blind beggar who had been sitting near the temple gate.

Jesus was focused on His mission. We find Jesus calm and self-possessed. He is acting with profound disregard of His enemies and their hatred. Jesus had God’s point of view. Jesus persevered in His ministry to a dying world. He began to elect some to salvation. Note Romans 9:15.

This verse tells us about the God we serve. We should know that nothing would frustrate Him. Jesus said He would build His church, and the gates of hell would not prevail against it. If we make God’s purposes our purposes, we will not be frustrated either. If this is carried out, frustration will disappear and life will receive new meaning. If we are working for the Lord, then our work will bear fruit and Jesus Christ will be glorified.

 

The way Jesus handled this situation should serve as an example for us. We are to rejoice in our tests and trials. James 1:2  We are to handle to handle our enemies like Jesus handles His. He did not allow His enemies deter Him from His divine mission. He stayed focused, and we should too. The next time you are faced with an enemy that seeks to destroy you, remember Jesus.

 

Comparison Between John 8 and John 9

There are verses in the opening chapter of John’s Gospel that provide an outline for the first twelve chapters of this gospel. It is important at this point as our study of this Gospel enters upon a new section. These verses speak of the coming of the Light into the world and say of that Light,

“He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him. Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:11-12 The coming of the Light aptly describes the content of the first four chapters of John’s Gospel. That “he came to that which was his own” describes the content of the next four chapters. The chapters we are about to study John 9-12, deal with those who received Jesus’ message. The emphasis is on Jesus calling out a people of His own in the midst of, and in spite of, growing hostility from the authorities of Judaism. This new section differs from the one before it in that in the old section we see Christ being rejected by His own people.

This section Christ, being rejected by His own, calls out to a new people. This is first seen by the blind man receiving his sight. In John 9, Jesus communicates sight. In John 9, He is received and worshipped. In John 8, the Jews are seen stooping down–to pick up stones. In John 9, Christ is seen stooping down–to make anointing clay. In John 8, Christ hides Himself from the Jews; in John 9 He reveals Himself to the blind beggar. In John 8, we have a company in whom the Word has no place. (verse 37); in John 8, Christ, inside the Temple, is called a demoniac (verse 48); In John 9, outside the Temple, He is owned as Lord (verse 36). The central Truth of John 8 is the Light testing human responsibility; in John 9 the central truth is God acting in sovereign grace after human responsibility has failed. [Arthur W. Pink, Exposition of the Gospel of John, vol. 2 (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1945), 59-60.]

 

Chapters 9-12

The next section of John includes Chapters 9-12, and it is entitled “Those Who Receive Him.”

To him who came to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance

These chapters cover Jesus’ focus on those whom the Father has given Him out of the world, He begins to teach them.

 

Chapter 9

Theme: Light of the World

Heartfelt Prayer

1 Samuel 1:13 (KJV)
(13) “Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.”

 

When was the last time you spoke from your heart when it came to praying to the Father? When was the last time you were so overwhelmed with a problem, that you were speechless? That was where Hannah was. In I Samuel 1:6-8, we read that her adversary, Peninnah, Elkanah’s other wife, vexed her soul. The reason for her prayer was that she could not give her husband children. Verse five states that the Lord had shut up her womb.

 

Hannah turns to the Lord for help. It is a heartfelt prayer that she offers up to the Lord. The Lord hears her prayer, and she becomes pregnant with her first child. In thanksgiving, she dedicates Samuel to the Lord. Samuel becomes a great man of God.

 

          Hannah is an example to us today that prayer does work. God will answer our heartfelt prayers. He is a faithful God.

 

Lord, help me to turn to you when life throws me a difficult situation. Help me speak from my heart instead of my lips. Let me walk in my faith toward you knowing that you are a prayer answering God.