Summary of passage: People doubted the healed blind man’s testimony when he returned from the Pool of Siloam but the man said no, it is him and Jesus healed him. The Pharisees again take issue with the fact the miracle was performed on the Sabbath, not the fact the man can see again. Still, the man is doubted so they bring in the man’s parents to verify who, out of fear, say ask their son. Their son lectures the Pharisees, saying Jesus has to be from God because God does not listen to sinners. The Pharisees throw the man out, calling him a sinner.
9) Part personal Question. My answer: They doubt even though this is a miracle all can see. The parents are intimidated by the Pharisees so they don’t say anything. Everyone is naturally skeptical of what you can’t understand so these people are skeptical. However, they don’t believe the man nor his story. This is today as well. It’s hard to believe something unless you see it for yourself because you have to trust people and today that is hard to do.
10) Part personal Question. My answer: He is much more confident in his testimony for Jesus as time passes and he probably realizes his sight is permanent. As my life progresses towards God’s goals for me, I am encouraged and grow in faith for God and what He has for me.
11) Personal Question. My answer: No one has ever confronted me about God’s work in my life. I just don’t interact with that many people.
Conclusions: It’s important to see how this man’s faith grows as the Pharisees try to discount the miracle. The man moves from barely knowing what has happened to an ardent defender of Jesus, which results in his being thrown out of the church. He stands for Jesus no matter what. As God moves, we move. Period.
End Notes: Because this was a sign of the Messiah and had never happened before, the neighbors and everyone was shocked and it was hard to believe. It appears all the man knew was Jesus’ name. He hadn’t even seen Jesus at this point.
One of the works specifically forbidden on the Sabbath was kneading, which is technically what Jesus did with the mud. Jesus chose this day to work the miracle to challenge all of man’s interpretations of the Sabbath. The Sabbath was made for man not the other way around.
Jesus often divided people. Here, the Pharisees had to chose: either Jesus was wrong or they were wrong. The same logic is what Nicodemus said in John 3:2. No one can perform such miracles unless they were from God.
It’s unheard of for religious leaders to ask a layman what he thinks in terms of religion or religious people. Obviously, the division and confusion ran deep.
The man says Jesus is a prophet. He is now understanding more of Jesus. Also, a prophet was allowed to break the law on the Sabbath. This would change everything if this were true. However, it was easier to not believe the man than believe Jesus did such a miracle.
The parents refused to speak to the how out of fear of excommunication (being thrown out of the church). This threat prevented many of standing for Jesus (John 12:42).
“Give glory to God” is a charge to tell the truth (Joshua 7:19). Jesus is a sinner because he broke man’s laws around the Sabbath.
The man who is uneducated in the law knows one thing: he was once blind and now he can see. This is our testimony as well. God’s work in our lives is merely additional support of our faith in Him.
The man born blind never wavers in his faith and in what happened to him. He stands strong in his testimony for Jesus. Do you?
So what do the Pharisees do? They insult the man, who wonders why the Pharisees can’t figure out something so simple to him (miracle=God).
Isaiah 1:15 and Psalm 66:18 are passages that say God is not obligated to hear the prayer of a sinner. God can hear the prayer of a sinner, but He doesn’t have to. Spurgeon says of this passage: “If Christ had been an impostor, it is not possible to conceive that God would have listened to his prayer, and given him the power to open the blind man’s eyes.”
The pride of the religious leaders about the man lecturing them led to his being excommunicated. This is a common pattern in false religions and in political systems not steeped in freedom. As we’ll see in the next section, this led to the man worshipping Jesus. It turned out all for God’s good and glory.