The Gospel of John 9:24-34 (Pharisees interrogate the healed blind man) – Angelic Wars
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The Gospel of John 9:24-34 (Pharisees interrogate the healed blind man)


 

We continue the story in John 9:24-34 where the Pharisees interrogate the healed blind man.

24 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.”

25 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!”

26 Then they asked him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”

27 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?”

28 Then they hurled insults at him and said, “You are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses! 29 We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don’t even know where he comes from.”

30 The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. 32 Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”

34 To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out.

Questions for discussion:

  1. “We know this man (Jesus) is a sinner,” stated the religious leaders.  Why would they say that? 
  2. How does the man’s statement, “I was blind but now I see,” relate to our relationship with Jesus?
  3. “You (the former blind man) were steeped in sin at birth.”  Why did they say this?



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5 comments
Rick says January 29, 2024

1. “We know this man (Jesus) is a sinner,” stated the religious leaders. Why would they say that?

We can only speculate why the religious leaders called Jesus a sinner. I would think that because he violated the Sabbath, as stated above. They were legalists and only tried to inflict very stringent laws, and burdens, on the common Jew.

2. How does the man’s statement, “I was blind but now I see,” relate to our relationship with Jesus?

Sin leads to blindness. The man’s statement has meaning on multiple levels in how it pertains to us. “…in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 2:4)

3. “You (the former blind man) were steeped in sin at birth.” Why did they say this?

As stated before, in those days, the religious leaders believed one was born with a disability because he or his parents sinned. Jesus dispels this in John 9:3, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. “

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Anna says January 30, 2024

1. The Pharisees says that he is a sinner to discredit him, so people won’t follow him. They already know how popular he is getting, they are afraid of him. They feel his power and they are afraid, so they retaliate by discrediting him every chance they get.

2. For the longest time I was blind to his words and his teaching, I hear his words but I did not see or feel him in my heart . But in my darkest despair I prayed for him to come to me and HE DID. I felt his presence, surrounding me with his love. As he envelops me with his love, my body lighten and I could breath. I was showered with his grace and I cried with gratitude. God was always there beside me even when I didn’t feel his presence, I know that now. God loves us. He is always there for you.

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    Rick says February 1, 2024

    Discrediting someone seems to be an attack back in Jesus’s time and also our time. Things don’t change! Thank you for opening up about your own experiences. I hope that your comment resonates with others who read it and allow God into their heart to change their lives.

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van says February 1, 2024

1. they wish to denigrate Jesus
2. when our spiritual eyes are opened, we are no longer blind
3. they seem to be supporint original sin that all are sinners

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    Rick says February 1, 2024

    Hey Van,

    Thanks for your comments. I like “spiritual eyes.” I have read “eyes of the heart” from Ephesians but Spiritual eyes makes me stop and wonder. You seem to be saying that our spirits can discern as if they have eyes—interesting.

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