The Gospel of John 9:1-12 (Jesus explains why sin didn’t cause blindness). – Angelic Wars
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The Gospel of John 9:1-12 (Jesus explains why sin didn’t cause blindness).


 

Now we move onto Chapter 9:1-12 where Jesus dispels the notion that God punishes people with physical disabilities because of their sinful lives.

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” Some claimed that he was.

Others said, “No, he only looks like him.”

But he himself insisted, “I am the man.”

10 “How then were your eyes opened?” they asked.

11 He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.”

12 “Where is this man?” they asked him.

“I don’t know,” he said.

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why did the disciples assume that someone sinning created this man’s disability?
  2. What did Jesus mean by “As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.”
  3. Do we do “works” for God?  What does that mean?
  4. Can you name an Angelic Wars' character who pleaded with God to explain why he was not as beautiful as the other angels?



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Rick says January 10, 2024

1. Why did the disciples assume that someone sinning created this man’s disability?
In those times, people used sin (superstition) as the cause for every kind of sickness or bad event. Some religions (since then) blame the actions of a person in their “previous life” for the problems of their current life. Jesus dispels this notion that physical disabilities are the result of a sinful life, though it can be if taken to a different level, i.e., a person with a drinking problem runs his car into a tree and becomes paralyze. Here, a person’s behavior, while in sin, caused the disability, but not the sin itself through some mystical force.

2. What did Jesus mean by “As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.”
Jesus always used light and dark to represent good vs evil. He is the light and darkness are the evil. “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.” (John 3:19-20)

3. Do we do “works” for God? What does that mean?
“Works” basically is living the life that Jesus led, feeding the poor, clothing the poor, preaching the Word, and “living” the Word. More specifically, the actions that fulfill the greatest commandments of loving God with all our heart mind and soul and loving our neighbors as ourselves. (Matthew 22:40).

4. Can you name an Angelic Wars’ character who pleaded with God to explain why he was not as beautiful as the other angels?
Squatinidale.

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