The Gospel of John 9:13-23 (Jesus breaks the Sabbath rule, or did he?) – Angelic Wars
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The Gospel of John 9:13-23 (Jesus breaks the Sabbath rule, or did he?)


 

We continue the story in John 9:13-23 where Jesus is accused of breaking the rule of not working on the Sabbath.

13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. 14 Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man’s eyes was a Sabbath. 15 Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. “He put mud on my eyes,” the man replied, “and I washed, and now I see.”

16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.”

But others asked, “How can a sinner perform such signs?” So they were divided.

17 Then they turned again to the blind man, “What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened.”

The man replied, “He is a prophet.”

18 They still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man’s parents. 19 “Is this your son?” they asked. “Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?”

20 “We know he is our son,” the parents answered, “and we know he was born blind. 21 But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don’t know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself.” 22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who already had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. 23 That was why his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why was healing the man by putting mud over his eyes a violation of the Sabbath?
  2. Why do you think that the Jewish leaders would put those out of the synagogue who acknowledges Jesus as the Messiah?
  3. Do you have a problem telling people what Jesus has done for you?



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Rick says January 22, 2024

Here are Rick’s comments to the questions:

1. Why was healing the man by putting mud over his eyes a violation of the Sabbath?

Healing of itself was not a violation of the Sabbath, but the making of mud was work. This would be considered “work” in the eyes of the Jewish leaders. This is an example of the ridiculous rules and laws that the Jewish leaders imposed on their people.

2. Why do you think that the Jewish leaders would put those out of the synagogue who acknowledges Jesus as the Messiah?

As stated before, the Messiah was believed to be a great military leader, who is holy in the way THEY think he should be holy. There were many people who claimed to be the Messiah in Jesus’s day, so the leaders had to be draconian about these movements. They thought Jesus was just another one of those demagogues.

3. Do you have a problem telling people what Jesus has done for you?

No, but it depends on whether a person I am talking to has a relationship with Jesus or not. If they don’t have a relationship, it is more convincing to show by example and tell stories of how my life has changed. Many times, people are just a few questions away from talking about God. I try to get them to that point. They may not make a decision there, but will allow the Holy Spirit to work in their minds to convict them.

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