September 18, 2020
John 9:24-34
A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God by telling the truth,” they said. “We know this man is a sinner.”
He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”
Then they asked him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”
He answered, “I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?”
Then they hurled insults at him and said, “You are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses!  We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don’t even know where he comes from.”
The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.  We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind.  If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”
To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out.

New International Version (NIV)
The man born blind had no hearing impairment.  For some reason everybody was talking about him as if he could not hear.  I wonder how many people talked about him without actually talking to him?  Jesus’ disciples wondered aloud who had sinned to cause him to be born blind.  This is their theological perspective:  somebody must have sinned to cause a baby to be born blind.  Was it the baby or the parents?  “Neither,” Jesus answered definitively, “But we have work to do, as the Light of the world.” 

Jesus, the One sent from God sent the blind man to the pool called Siloam, which means “sent”, after he made mud and spread it on his eyes.  Once sent, the blind man went, washed and came back seeing.  While all heaven was breaking loose in his heart, something else broke loose all around him.  Neighbors talked about him like he wasn’t there.  He wanted them to know he had been healed.  The Pharisees charged in, just as they did when the lame man was healed on a Sabbath.

The blind man not only came to see physically but also developed spiritual sight out of this encounter.  As the Pharisees interrogated him and his parents, unlike the lame man, the blind man spoke up for Jesus.  This irritated the religious leaders.  They tried to get him to agree that Jesus was a sinner.  This led the formerly blind man, who had no thinking impairment, to correct their misunderstandings. 

At first, he didn’t know Jesus very well.  But he knew enough to know that Jesus was good and that he had done good.  So he asked the Pharisees if they wanted to be Jesus’ disciples, too.  This implied that he had become a disciple of Jesus.  They told him he had been a sinner at birth and kicked him out of their gathering.  The prophet Kenny Rogers crooned, “There’s no one blinder, than he who just won’t see.” 

When the world walks out, Jesus is the friend who walks in.  He found the man and introduced himself.  The new disciple worshiped his Lord.  Ever after he could say, “I once was blind, but now I can see.”  Blindness takes so many forms.  The man blind from birth gained his physical and spiritual sight.  But the Pharisees descended deeper and deeper into their self-imposed darkness.  The question still stands:  “Do you want to be his disciples, too?”  I do.  Do you? 

Pray with me:         
Open our eyes, Lord.  We want to see Jesus . . . to reach out and touch him and say that we love him.  Open our ears Lord, and help us to listen.  Open our eyes, Lord.  We want to see Jesus and spend our whole lives as his disciples.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen. 
Join us in memorizing the Word.  Scripture for this week:    
Matthew 6:33-34
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Our 2020 Every Day with Jesus readings will follow the Foundations New Testament reading plan.  Copies of the reading plan are available at Tallowood Baptist Church, or download your copy at REPLICATE.ORG 
We would love for you to join us as we read the New Testament through this year, five chapters a week.  In addition I will continue my long-standing practice of reading one Psalm a day through the year.  Use Robby Gallaty’s H. E. A. R. plan to study each chapter (also found at REPLICATE.ORG). Highlight verses which speak to you, explain what they mean in your own words in a journal, apply them to your own life, then respond by doing what God tells you to do.  

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