Book traversal links for John 9
Verse 1 Note that this man was blind from his birth.
Verse 2 Note the disciples question.
The mistaken idea that all physical afflictions are the result of formed wickedness.
The disciples had this idea.
Job’s friends charged Job with being an unrighteous man.
The islanders of Melita said Paul was a murderer. Having escaped the watery grave, now was bitten by the viper.
Verse 3 The Lord corrects this error.
Neither this man nor his parents had sinned.
But in some peculiar way had been permitted by God, that his works should be manifested or illustrated.
This was designed for the “Glory of God.”
Consider the death of Lazarus—which was for the glory of God that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. John 11:4
Verse 4 When the Lord was in the world it was day. When He left the world it was night.
Verse 5 When He was in the world He was its “Light.” This is the world’s night. Romans 13:12. The night is far spent, the day is at hand.
Now For The Miracle Itself
Verse 6-7 There was no cure in the spittle or the day. “Go wash in the pool of Siloam.” He went his way—washed—and came seeing. To Naaman the command was “Go wash in Jordan.”
This was a Sign (No. 6). To prove that Jesus is the Son of God—the Messiah. One of the characteristics of the Messiah was that he would give the blind their sight.
Isaiah 35:5 “Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened.”
Isaiah 42:7. The work of the King will be to “open the eyes of the blind.”
Note the miracles of the Lord.
A deaf and dumb mute had his hearing and speech restored.
There was one case of palsy and dropsy healed.
Two lepers were healed.
Two suffering with fever were cured.
Three were raised from the dead.
Five cases of blindness were healed.
The mark and proof of Messiah’s help.
The Lord’s own words in Luke 4:17-20.
Compare the message of the Lord to John the Baptist.
The Results Of The Miracle
Verse 8-12 The neighbors were stirred.
Verse 13-16 Taken to and examined by the Pharisees. Note the division in Verse 16.
Verse 17-23 Because of this division they were obliged to investigate this case more frilly.
Verse 17 The blind man’s confession “He is a prophet.”
Verse 18-23 The failure of the parents to stand up under pressure.
The Testimony Of The Cured Blind Man
Verse 24 They called him again.
Verse 25 “One thing I know that whereas I was blind, now I see.”
Verse 26-29 The ridicule of the leaders.
Verse 30-34 The indisputable testimony of the man. Ye know now where he is, and yet he openeth my eyes.
Verse 31 God heareth not sinners. But if any man be a worshipper, doeth his will, him God heareth.
Verse 32 Such a case as mine has never been known in the world.
Verse 33 The conclusion He—Jesus of Nazareth—must be of God.
Verse 34 The infuriated leaders counterattack. They cast him out. Describe this.
The Second Miracle: The New Birth
Verse 35 Cast out of the synagogue into the arms of the Lord Jesus.
The Savior’s question:
Dost thou believe on the Son of God?
Verse 36 Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?
Verse 37 I am He.
Verse 38 The New Birth—Conversion.
Lord I believe—and he worshipped Him.
Faith and true worship go together.
Verse 39 “For judgment I am come into this world.”
He did not come to condemn the world John 3:17.
But Christ came as a Separator and Divider. See Luke 12:49-53.
Those who do not see—could be applied to the Gentiles.
Those who see—the Jews. Blind leaders of the blind.
Verse 40 The Pharisees sneed.
Verse 41 If they were really blind they would have no sin in rejecting Him, but they boasted that they saw, but they rejected Him therefore thus sin remaineth.