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