Sunday, April 23, 2006

The Man Born Blind Rebukes the Pharisees

I'm reading through John in preparation for my hermeneutics paper. In John 9, Jesus heals a man born blind, the Pharisees question him and his parents to determine if he was really blind from birth:

John 9:26 They said to him, "What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?" 27 He answered them, "I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?" 28 And they reviled him, saying, "You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. 29 We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from." 30 The man answered, "Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. 32 Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing." 34 They answered him, "You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?" And they cast him out.
In each chapter of John there is something (a miracle, a person, the Old Testament, the Father, Jesus Himself) that testifies to the fact that Jesus is the Messiah. Here the blind man is testifying to his healing and the fact that it could only come from God. It is interesting to see in this passage that this man, who was born blind and who received his sight from Jesus, rebukes the Pharisees for their blindness.

There are many aspects to this story of the blind man that I will share with you over the next two weeks. When I hand in the paper, I will post it here or on my Reformed Weltanschauung Blogging blog.

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