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JesusThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... » and his disciplesThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... » were just passing by when his disciples asked him about an importantThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... » questionLeaders Question This Man on What Authority He is Doing Those Benevolence, They Could Not Reason Out When He Responds. Read more ... » in their midst, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that caused him to be born blind?”
The disciples probably availed themselves of this opportunity to check what’s in the mindI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » of Jesus in relation to the blindness of manHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... ». Why they asked like that?
1. The Situation of the Blind
In the timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » of Jesus, the blindCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » were considered sinners thus they were outcasts, felt outcasts; nobody could trustHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » them to work in their fields or farm. They were taking care of by their relatives, but they had to beg to make a living. Their relatives usually brought them to their places of begging such as streets or beside the TempleJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... ». The beggars knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » the “traffic” of blessings or should I say they knew how to touchMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » the compassionPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » of other people.
Smith’s Bible Dictionary says that “Those who were indigent through bodily infirmities were usually taken care of by their kindred. A beggar was sometimes seen, however, and was regarded and abhorred as a vagabond, Psalm 109:10. In later times beggars were accustomed, it would seem, to have a fixed place at the corners of the streets, Mark 10:46 or at the gates of the temple, Acts 3:2 or of private houses, Luke16:20.”
Again the question is that who caused him to be born blind?
1.1. Pythagorean Theology: Illness before birth.
Hawker says that many years before the coming“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » of ChristThe Words of Jesus and the Coming Massive Revival in Groups. Read more ... », Pythagorus (or Pythagoras) introduced a systemA System that Korean Church Used to Grow So Rapidly. Read more ... » of PhilosophyTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... » that “all mankind had existed in some other body before their appearance in the present form of human nature: and that the sins which had been committed by any of them during that former state, was punished in this present form.”
1.2. Jewish Theology: Illness of his parents (v.2).
Probably the disciples were thinking of the wordsHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » of GodThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » to MosesThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » in ExodusJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... » 20:5, “You are not to bow down to them in worship or serve them; because I, the LORDMary Praises the Greatness of God. Read more ... » your God, am a jealous God, punishing the childrenJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » for the iniquity of the parents, to the third and fourth generations of those who hateWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... » me.”
In this verse, the JewsWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » probably believed the “hereditary penalties follow the breach of this law of spiritual worship” (The Biblical Illustrator). Thus, the blindness of that man might be because of the sin of his parents (v.2).
However, the ProphetIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... » Ezekiel is against this belief, he says “The soul who sins dies. The son won’t bear the punishment of his father’s sin and the father won’t bear the punishment of his son’s sin. The righteous deeds of that righteous person will be attributed to him, while the wicked deeds of the wicked person will be charged against him” (18:20).
The prevailing belief of the disciples could be different with the contemporary scientific theory that our sicknessLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... » nowadays might be due to the genes inherited from our parents. Thus, if you have high blood pressure, asthma, diabetic, etc. the doctors might ask if your parents have those illnesses.
2. The Healing of the Blind
It was Sabbath day, the day for Jewish“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » people to rest, but Jesus had still compassion to heal the blind man. Jesus said, “I must do the work of the one who sent me while it is day. Night is approaching, when no one can work” (v.4).
Jesus showed the urgency of his work. In verse 4 it means to say, he must hurry while there’s time, while there’s opportunity, since there would be time that he could not work anymore—as if he knew that his deathLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... » would be coming soon.
2.1. The blind testified he was the first one since time immemorial (v.32).
The blind man says, “Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind” (v.32). Where did he get this idea? Probably the man listened to people who talked to him while he was begging at the corners of the streets.
Wycliffe tells us that Jesus answered the question of the disciples in a different approach. God had permitted this condition to demonstrate His gloryPGF the Lord!. Read more ... », as His powerMary Praises the Greatness of God. Read more ... » would become operative in this case.
2.3. The blind was healed physically (vv.6-7).
Jesus had certain ritual which he did only in that instance. He made a mud out of his saliva, and he applied to blind man’s eyes, and afterwards he instructed the man to go to Siloam and wash. (v.6). Presto! He was healed! He could now face and see the interrogationThe Persecution of the King of the Jews. Read more ... » of the Jews.
Jesus used saliva in healingThe Physician Doesn’t Want Her Daughter be Entertained, but Look What She Does to Get What She Wants. Read more ... » the blind in MarkThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » 8:23, and he also used to heal the deaf in Mark 7:33.
Make no mistake, his saliva has no magical power. However, A. T. Robertson says that “The curative effects of saliva are held in many places. The Jews held saliva efficacious for eye-trouble, but it was forbidden on the Sabbath” (Word Pictures in the New Testament).
Furthermore, God didn’t cause the blindness, but He used this man’s blindness to demonstrate His almighty glory and power to all those around them.
2.4. The blind was healed spiritually (vv.35-38).
When the blind man saw Jesus for the third time, he deeply and cognitively knew Jesus as the Son of ManHis Master Asks This Man, His Answer Triggers the Opening of Big Secret. Read more ... », and immediately believed, and worship Him. This is one of the reasons of that healing, to saveThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... » souls and to manifest the power of God.
3. The Testimonies of the Blind
The blind man experienced the miracle and healing through Jesus. Immediately he also experienced the interrogation, challenges, accusations, and bullying of the Jews. He was asked by the Jews who were curious what happened to him. How comeFollow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » he was healed? He was consistent with his storyThe Protagonist Narrates the Trailer of His Story, His Avid Fan Does not Like it. Read more ... », he narrated, “ The man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to Siloam, and wash: so I went away and washed, and I received sight” (vv.11, 15).
3.1. The first profession of the blind (v.17).
The Pharisees613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... » asked him, something like this tone, now that you are healed and opened your eyes what can you say about the one who healed you? (v.17).The man replied, “He is a prophet.” The man was blind but he was aware of the miracles done by past prophetsHis Master Asks This Man, His Answer Triggers the Opening of Big Secret. Read more ... » of IsraelA Caregiver Wows Israel's X Factor; UK Wows For This Pinoy. Read more ... ».
3.2. The arguments of the blind (vv.25-32).
The man faced the best lawyers of the synagogues that time, the Pharisees, and for sure he could not make them believeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » that Jesus was a prophet. However, the man had best rebuttals in that face off. These are arguments from personal experience.
1. “I don’t know whether he is a sinner or not. The one thing I do know is that I used to be blind and now I can see!” (v.25).
2. “This is an amazing thing! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he healed my eyes” (v.30).
3. “We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but he does listen to anyone who worships him and does his will” (v.31).
4. “Ever since creation it has never been heard that anyone healed the eyes of a man who was born blind” (v.32).
5. “If this man were not from God, he couldn’t do anything like that” (v.33).
3.3 The second profession of the blind (v.38).
For the third time, the man met Jesus. When Jesus asked him if he believes in the SonThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... » of Man, and in reply to the man’s further question, Jesus told him that he was the One. Immediately the former blind saw the lightIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... » of salvationThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... »! He believed the Lord and worshipped Him.
Indeed, Jesus used the miracle of healing to glorifyPGF the Lord!. Read more ... » the Lord, and to prove to the Jews that he was the One who would save the worldThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... ».
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At that very moment, the sightless man lost his placeThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... ». While trying to find it, he kept repeating the last three words he has just read: “No other name…No other name…No other name…”
Many smiled, but the inquisitive bystander went away impressed. He had been searching for inner peaceCHURCH PLANTING VISION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Read more ... » and therefore was ready“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » to be influenced by a few words spoken “in season.”
He had heard the verse before, but that one phrase haunted him. Before morning he surrendered to the Holy Sprit’s prompting, and accepted the SaviorIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... ».
“I see it all now,” he cried. “I’ve been trying to be saved by my own works and prayer. But Jesus alone can help me. He is my Mediator. There is no other Man whereby I must be saved.”
Thus a blind man’s witnessThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... », given in a stumbling manner, was used to lead a seeking soul to Christ (biblestudytools.com).