May 15, 2018 at 7:38 am #826182
As he passed by He saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him
’Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he should be born blind?’
’It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of Him Who sent me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work. While I am in the world I am the light of the world’
When he had said this he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and applied the clay to his eyes, and said to him
’Go and wash in the pool of Siloam’ (which is translated sent)
So he went away and washed, and came back seeing. Therefore his neighbours, and those who previously saw him as a beggar, were saying,
’Is this not the one who used to sit and beg’
Others were saying,
’ This is he’
Still others were saying
’No, but he is like him’
He was saying
’I am the one’
So they were saying to him,
‘How then were your eyes opened? ‘
’The man who is called Jesus made clay, and anointed my eyes and said to me
’Go away and wash; so I went away and washed, and I received sight’
They said to him
’Where is he?’
’I do not know.’
They brought to the Pharisees the man who was formerly blind. Now it was a sabbath on the day that Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. Then the pharisees also were asking him again how he received his sight. And he said to them
’He applied clay to my eyes, and I washed, and I see’
Therefore some of the Pharisees were saying,
’This man is not from God, because he does not keep the sabbath’
But others were saying
’How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?’
And there was a division among them. So they said to the blind man again,
’What do you say about him, since he opened your eyes?’
And he said
’He is a prophet’
The jews did not believe it of him, that he had been born blind and had received sight, until they called the parents of the very one who had received his sight, and questioned them, saying,
’Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How does he now see?’
His parents answered them and said
’We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but how he now sees we do not know; or who opened his eyes, we do not know. Ask him, he is of age, he will speak for himself’
His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone confessed him to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue. For this reason his parents said
’He is of age, ask him’
So for a second time they called the man who had been born blind, and said to him,
‘Give glory to God. We know this man is a sinner’
He then answered,
’Whether he is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I do know, that though I was blind , now I see’
So they said to him
’What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?’
He answered them
’I told you already and you did not listen, why do you want to hear it again? You do not want to become his disciples do you?’
They reviled him and said
’You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he is from’
The man answered and said to them
’Well here is an amazing thing, that you do not know where he is from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is godfearing and does His will, He hears him. Since the beginning of time it has never been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing’
They answered him
’You were born entirely in sins, and you are teaching us?’
So they put him out.
Jesus heard they had put him out, and finding him, he said,
’Do you believe in the son of man?’
’Who is he, Lord, that I might believe in him?”
Jesus said to him,
’You have both seen him, and he is the one who is talking with you.’
And he said,
’Lord I believe’
And he worshiped him.
The classic conflict between faith and doubt.
Simple faith and religious faith.May 15, 2018 at 8:41 am #826184
So people first believed what their eyes saw, a man who could see.
They found conflict in what they had seen previously and the current situation.
They doubted if it was the same man and they sought information about what had happened.
They preferred their religious knowledge to the evidence of the miracle of God that was plainly visible.
They used their inadequate knowledge of scripture to foolishly judge the vessel used by God.
They teachers had to be taught by a simple man about miracles and faith in God.
The sign that they had demanded had become useless to them.
God must had laughed at their reaction.May 15, 2018 at 8:46 am #826185
It was an unusual miracle using the dust of earth to bring healing.
I wonder if this related to a reCREATION.
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