The Blind Leading the Blind
In reading the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ ministry, it’s amazing to me how God uses what we would not notice to make big statements. In this particular story, a blind man, who is healed, is used to show the spiritual blindness of the God’s people to God Himself.
As Jesus approaches this blind man, the first thing the disciples asked is “who sinned?” This man was born blind and so to them, many of whom believed in the doctrine of transmigration of souls, which is similar to karma, someone had to sin in order for this man to have been born blind. In their world, any imperfection was a smite from God because of sin.
Jesus rocked their world in one sentence. He said, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.”
John 9:3 (ESV). As soon as He said that, He spit on the ground, made some mud, put it on the man’s eyes, and told him to go wash in the pool of Siloam, which means “sent.” No detail is left untended. God uses everything to get our attention, but as we shall see, it was not only the man who was blind.
Once the man was healed, the people started asking questions. Hey, weren’t you the blind guy? How did you get your sight back? When the man told his story, the people took him right to the Pharisees, who because of their desire to rid themselves of Jesus, could only find fault with Jesus, and were blind to the man’s healing by God.
They questioned the man, but not with an eye on his salvation. Instead, they were focused on what Jesus did, because it was the Sabbath. The keeping of the Sabbath is a big deal. No one is to break it, especially a good Jew. In their eyes, one should not do any work. Since they viewed their ministry to people as “work,” they failed to see that the Sabbath was created by God for man to stop his work to worship God and to rest in Him. They saw even worship as work. In their eyes, Jesus was working, and therefore, a sinner; the most egregious kind. How dare He bring God into the picture on God’s day of worship. They were totally blind, talking to a once wretched man, who had been blind, but now he sees. Amazing Grace Huh?
The Pharisee’s missed grace, because they could not see past their own agendas. They were bent on getting vengeance for their hurt feelings.
How are your eyes? Can you see God working?
See Ya Next Time
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