by Peter Solomon
Welcome to this Bible Study. I hope that you will enjoy this lesson and that it will be a blessing to you spiritually. Read what I have written slowly. If you have a Bible look up the reference verses given, and allow the Holy Spirit to minister to your soul through them.
Jesus healed the man born blind on the Sabbath day (our Saturday) which was their holy day. In investigating the case in a specially convened synagogue court, the Pharisees had established from interrogation of his parents that there was no doubt that the man was born blind. So now they turn to the formerly blind man again.
Verse 24 So they again called the man who was blind, and said to him, “Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner.”
The Jewish authorities wanted to prove that Jesus was a sinner who broke their strict Sabbath laws and traditions made up by the Pharisees. If they could prove that Jesus was a sinner, then He, Jesus, could not possibly have healed the blind man.
Verse 25 He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”
Born blind, unable to see anything, yet when healed, he was able to see God through nature all around him, and that for the first time.
Verse 26 Then they said to him again, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?”
When the court could not get any answers from the man’s parents, they turned to the uneducated formerly blind man and asked him to explain what had happened, hoping that they could prove that Jesus had broken the Sabbath regulations.
Verse 27 He answered them, “I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?”
The formerly blind man started to lose patience with the Pharisees. “Didn’t you listen the first time I told you? If I tell you again will you listen carefully this time? Perhaps you want me to tell you again so that you can become disciples or ‘followers of Jesus’ also.”
Verse 28 Then they reviled him and said, “You are His disciple, but we are Moses’ disciples.
The proceedings in the court broke down. The Pharisees were very angry and a shouting match ensued between them and the formerly blind man. If the formerly blind man defended Jesus it would prove that he was a disciple of Jesus, so the Pharisees hurled even more verbal abuse at the man.
Verse 29 “We know that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where He is from.”
The Pharisees pointed out that God had spoken to Moses as His friend. Exodus 33:11 “So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle.”
The healed blind man’s testimony about Jesus
If you had a miraculous experience you would tell others what had happened and who had helped you. Say you were born deaf and had your hearing restored during a service when you were old – you would tell the whole world what had happened to you. The same with the man, he had proof, he was born blind and now he could see, and he would tell everyone what had happened to him.
Verse 30 The man answered and said to them, “Why, this is a marvellous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes!
The man knew that God would not listen to a sinner’s prayer. “If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.” Psalm 66:18
Verse 31 “Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshipper of God and does His will, He hears him.
The formerly blind and uneducated man knew that the Jews taught that those who were devout and had deep religious feelings, would be heard by God.
Verse 32 “Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind.
A blind man’s sight restored - this had never happened before, and there was no record in the Old Testament of a person being cured of blindness.
Verse 33 “If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.”
If this man was not from God then he could not have cured my blindness.”
Verse 34 They answered and said to him, “You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?” And they cast him out.
Enraged, the Pharisees could not see the deep insight the uneducated blind man had. They said he was born in sin, that means the blind man had sinned in his mother’s womb – possible? So they expelled him, meaning that he, the formerly blind man, could have no contact with Jewish people in the future, that is for the rest of his life.
A different type of blindness
Blind, cured, now not being allowed to have contact with his people, the Jews, would mean that it would be very difficult for him to get any employment in the future. Secondly his parents would not have anything more to do with him, for they were scared of what the Jews, the Pharisees, would say and do to them.
Verse 35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?”
Jesus is not only interested in the body, healing the blindness of the man, but also in his soul. So when Jesus heard what had happened to him, Jesus went to find the formerly blind man and lead him to faith in Him, Jesus.
Verse 36 He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?”
Remember that the formerly blind man had never seen Jesus before. He was eager to see who had healed him.
Verse 37 And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.”
Listen to what Jesus was in fact saying to him, “I am your healer, prophet and Messiah; I am Jesus, the Son of God.”
Verse 38 Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshipped Him.
The formerly blind man fell on his knees and acknowledged that Jesus was truly divine, truly God’s Son.
Verse 39 And Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.”
The Pharisees thought they were walking in the light, but they were in spiritual darkness because of the immoral condition of their lives.
Verse 40 Then some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said to Him, “Are we blind also?”
Jesus found the man in an open public space, and the Pharisees heard Jesus speaking to him. The Pharisees were blind, because of the lives they lived, so they could not recognize who Jesus truly was. If you cannot see the greatness of your sin, you cannot be confronted by God, and find Salvation through Jesus Christ, God’s Son.
Verse 41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains.
They thought they were God’s people but in rejecting Jesus they were rejecting the forgiveness of their sins, and so they would end up in spiritual darkness. Jeremiah 5:21-22 “Hear this now, O foolish people, Without understanding, Who have eyes and see not, And who have ears and hear not: Do you not fear Me?’ says the Lord...”
Points for consideration
In this article all Scripture references are taken from the Holy Bible, New King James Version, Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used with permission.