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John 9 My Study

John 9 My Study

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A verse by verse commentary on John 9
A verse by verse commentary on John 9

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John 9 Verse by Verse Commentary
Witten and edited by Glenn Pease
Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind1As he went along, he saw a man blind frombirth.
1. It was rare to come across one who was blind from birth. Many became blind inlater life, but to be blind from birth was so extreme that people assumed that therehad to be some extreme sin somewhere in the family to account for such a radical judgment on a child.2. In contrast to chapter 8 where Jesus is rejected and the leaders wanted to stonehim, this chapter starts off with a scene of Jesus showing divine grace and mercy toone that most would not dream of helping, for he was obviously cursed of God to beborn blind. Pink comments, "And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man." How blessed.The Savior was not occupied with His own sorrows to the exclusion of those of others. The absence of appreciation and the presence of hatred in almost all aroundHim, did not check that blessed One in His unwearied service to others, still less didHe abandon it. Love "suffereth long," and "beareth all things" (1 Cor. 13). AndChrist was Love incarnate, therefore did the stream of Divine goodness flow onunhindered by all man’s wickedness. How this perfection of Christ rebukes ourimperfections, our selfishness!"3. I share the following paragraph to make it clear that many babies have been bornblind even in our country due to no sin related activity of the parents."The World Health Organization estimates that about 100,000 children each yearare born with congenital rubella syndrome (CRS), a major cause of severe birthdefects such as blindness, deafness, heart disease, and mental retardation. Whenpregnant mothers get rubella, a highly contagious otherwise-minor illness, theresults for their babies can be devastating. Most of the 100,000 victims each year arein developing nations – although the first nation to eliminate CRS was Cuba, whodid it in the mid 1990s with an aggressive immunization program. On March 21,2005, the United States formally and officially declared itself free of rubella. This isa major public health milestone. Rubella peaked in the United States in the mid1960s when one epidemic caused an estimated 12.5 million cases of rubella in theU.S., leading to 20,000 cases of CRS which according to the CDC was responsiblefor “more than 11,600 babies born deaf, 11,250 fetal deaths, 2,100 neonatal deaths,3,580 babies born blind and 1,800 babies born mentally retarded.” Cases of rubella
 
fell rapidly after the vaccine was introduced in 1969. In 1989, the CDC set a goal of eliminating rubella from the United States, and 2005 is the year of celebrating thismajor success." New babies around the world still suffer from this disease.4. Blindness was one of the problems that Jesus healed in large numbers. The threesynoptic gospels describe a variety of individuals, and numbers of the blind beinghealed by Jesus, whereas in John's gospel we have only one record. Examples of indefinite numbers include Matthew 21:14 "And the blind and the lame came tohim in the temple; and he healed them." Luke 7:21 "And in that same hour hecured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many thatwere blind he gave sight." John's Gospel just focuses on this one blind man.5. Larry Hiles tells of one man's compassion for the blind that led to his greatesthonor. He wrote, "The 1964 Philadelphia Phillies will always be known as the teamthat suffered one of the great collapses in sports history. They let a huge divisionlead slip away by losing ten games in a row at the end of the season. Despite thecollapse, the Phillies season had its share of memorable moments, including aperfect game and a ninth-inning home run by a Phillie to win the All-Star Game.But the most remarkable moment of the entire season occurred after a game, notduring it. Clay Dalrymple, a Phillie pitcher, was asked to assist a blind girl who hadrequested a chance to walk out on the field. Dalrymple took the girl to home platewhere she reached down and felt the plate. Then they walked to first base, secondbase, and third base before ending up at home plate once again.While Dalrymple was showing the girl around the bases, he never noticed that thefans remaining in the stadium had stopped to watch him and his companion. He justassumed that the silence in the stands meant the fans had gone home. But when thetwo of them finally reached home plate, the ballpark erupted. Dalrymple wasshocked by the applause. When he looked up, he saw thousands of fans giving him astanding ovation. Later, Dalrymple told a Sports Illustrated reporter, “It was thebiggest ovation I ever got.”
2His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, thisman or his parents, that he was born blind?"
1. The disciples were products of their time, and they assumed, as was the custom of the day, that all tragedy was the result of some sin. They were interested in knowing just who did the sin that produced a baby that was born blind. It was a terribletragedy to the parents and the child, and so somebody had to be really guilty of something seriously evil. This kind of thinking never goes away, and so even thoughthey had the book of Job that should have put an end to this thinking, they are stilllocked into a false view of suffering. The fact is, the parents and grandparents of thischild may have been far more godly and sin free than the majority of people who
 
had perfectly normal children. The blindness had nothing to do with any personalsin of the child or someone among its relatives. Bad things happen to good people allthe time, and they have no connection with sin in their lives. These disciples aretypical of either/or people at this point. They only have two options. Is it the parentsof the man himself. This type of thinking also leads to many false conclusions in life.Quite often their is a third alternative, as is the case here, but people do not considerthat as an option, and so the choose one of just two and make the wrong choiceeither way. Jesus is constantly rejecting either/or, and black or white issues by givinga third way of seeing things.1b. James Forbes writes, "Now Jesus was upset with that question they were askinghim. How disappointing the question was. Had the disciples not heard earlier in theday how Jesus was eager to silence the sin patrollers who had brought that woman just to judge her? Had he not condemned the judgmental spirit about holdingtraditional understandings so tightly that they are more important than mercy andcompassion? Hadn't Jesus told the people, "Don't be so zealous for righteousnessthat you are willing to condemn everybody who is different from yourself." So canyou feel Jesus' disappointment? "Not my own disciples, the ones who have beenlearning from me these years." How could they now be like the canine crew at thecontrols for customs on the conveyer belt where the dogs are sniffing franticallytrying to find some contraband? Could it be that Jesus' advocates are as blind as hisadversaries regarding what Jesus stands for and why he had been sent into theworld?"2. One could answer the question, “Who sinned?” by saying Adam and Eve, for itwas a fallen world where many bad things can happen because it is fallen due totheir sin, but this was not what the disciples were getting at. They wanted to see adirect link to someone’s sinful acts and this blind child. They wanted to hear that themother had an affair, or that the parents had sex on the Sabbath, or some otherlogical reason for this child being cursed with blindness. They had simplistic mindsthat saw life as black and white, with a clear link between suffering and sin.3. A few quotes from my sermon on this passage will illustrate the folly of asking thisquestion about anyone's suffering. To read the whole sermon go tohttp://glennpease.250free.com/ISSUES_OF_SUFFERING.htmShow me a simple solution to the problem of suffering, and I will show you a heresythat will fit neither the revelation of God, nor the experience of man. The Jews had asimple answer to suffering that was superficial. If you are good you will be happy,and if you are not happy, you are not good. Simple solutions are none the less themost popular and widely held by the intelligent and ignorant alike. Here are thedisciples of Christ who are hand picked by the Master Himself, and they viewsuffering with the same old worn out theory held by the friends of Job. Theyassume that such a terrible fate as being born blind had to be the result of somebody's sin. It was so logical and obvious to them that they did not even see thecruelty of it. They are asking, who is guilty for such an awful thing: His parents or

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