That is why his parents said: "He is of age. "A man may not go out on the Sabbath with sandals shod with nails." But he made his statement and took his stand. "Gentlemen." That is why the man's parents answered that their son was quite old enough to be a legal witness and to answer his own questions. 8-12 HE TOOK A STAND Vss. So the neighbours and those who formerly knew him by sight and knew that he was a beggar, said: "Is this not the man who sat begging?" When Jesus looked on the hungry crowd he had compassion on them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd (Mark 6:34). Obviously in the eyes of such a law to make clay was to work and so to break the Sabbath. Commentary for John 9 Christ give sight to one born blind. said Napoleon, "I know men, and Jesus Christ was more than a man.". REVELATION AND CONDEMNATION (John 9:35-41), 9:35-41 Jesus heard that they had put him out, so he found him and said to him: "Do you believe in the Son of God?" Some said: "It is he." The trouble with human relationships is that often the better we know a person the more we know his weaknesses and his failings; but the more we know Jesus, the greater the wonder becomes; and that will be true, not only in time, but also in eternity. Study the bible online using commentary on John 9 and more! When the leper came with his desperate request for cleansing Jesus was moved with compassion (Mark 1:41). Christ silenced them. He says that this man's affliction came to him to give an opportunity of showing what God can do. Surely there is no real contradiction here. What good we have an opportunity to do, we should do quickly. Loyalty always brings revelation; it is to the man who is true to him that Jesus most fully reveals himself. (13-17) They ask concerning him. A prophet is a man who lives close to God and has penetrated into his inner councils. "A man may not fill a dish with oil and put it beside a lamp and put the end of the wick in it." John 9:1 John 9:2 John 9:3 John 9:4 John 9:5 John 9:6 John 9:7 John 9:8 John 9:9 John 9:10 John 9:11 John 9:12 John 9:13 John 9:14 John 9:15 John 9:16 John 9:17 John 9:18 John 9:19 John 9:20 John 9:21 John 9:22 John 9:23 Many of the rulers in Jerusalem really believed in Jesus, but were afraid to say so "lest they should be put out of the synagogue" (John 12:42). As Chrysostom put it: "The Jews cast him out of the Temple; the Lord of the Temple found him." So they said to the blind man: "What is your opinion about him, in view of the fact that he opened your eyes?" Christ give sight to one born blind. In the work of grace wrought upon the soul we see the change, but we see not the hand that makes it: the way of the Spirit is like that of the wind, which thou hearest the sound of, but canst not tell whence it comes, nor whither it goes. John 9:9 Bible Commentary Others were saying, “This is he,” still others were saying, “No, but he is like him.” He kept saying, “I am the one.” This John 9:9 verse describes the lack of faith of the people, and we are not to (ii) The more knowledge a man has the more he is to be condemned if he does not recognize the good when he sees it. This poor man could not see Christ, but Christ saw him. Thus he showed his power to help in the most desperate cases, and the work of his grace upon the souls of sinners, which gives sight to those blind by nature. Often we have our differences with people, and it is well that it should be so. John 9 - In-depth verse-by-verse Bible study and commentary of John chapter 9 in plain English. None but God is to be worshipped; so that in worshipping Jesus, he owned him to be God. That is how the pool got its name. When Joshua was cross-examining Achan about the sin which had brought disaster to Israel, he said to him: "Give glory to the Lord God of Israel, and render praise to him; and tell me now what you have done; do not hide it from me" (Joshua 7:19). John finishes this story with two of his favourite thoughts. (iii) Finally the blind man came to confess that Jesus was the Son of God He came to see that human categories were not adequate to describe him. Clearly the man who was born blind was in no danger of his life; therefore Jesus broke the Sabbath when he healed him. I did live a worldly, sensual life, but, thanks be to God, it is now otherwise with me, Ephesians 5:8. His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone acknowledged Jesus to be the Anointed One of God, he should be excommunicated from the synagogue. It is told that when an old saint was dying in an agony of pain, he sent for his family, saying: "Come and see how a Christian can die." In the imaginary conversations between Antoninus and Rabbi Judah the Patriarch, Antoninus asks: "From what time does the evil influence bear sway over a man, from the formation of the embryo in the womb or from the moment of birth?" He says that it is a sovereign preservative against the poison of serpents; a protection against epilepsy; that lichens and leprous spots can be cured by the application of fasting spittle; that ophthalmia can be cured by anointing the eyes every morning with fasting spittle; that carcinomata and crick in the neck can be cured by the use of spittle. When trouble and disaster fall upon a man who does not know God, that man may well collapse; but when they fall on a man who walks with God they bring out the strength and the beauty, and the endurance and the nobility, which are within a man's heart when God is there. Christ came into the world to give sight to those who were spiritually blind. 1956-1959. There was a road that led from the south west corner of the temple mount that pass by the Pool of Siloam. They said to him: "Where is this man you are talking about?" The other is the miracle of the deaf stammerer (Mark 7:33). "Give the glory to God" they said. It was an open air basin twenty by thirty feet. Others said: "It is not he, but it is someone like him." But it is true for every man. Also, works of necessity and mercy are allowed, and the sabbath rest is to be kept, in order to the sabbath work. When a man sins, he sets in motion a train of consequences which has no end. The penalty of loyalty may well be persecution and ostracism at the hands of men; its reward is a closer walk with Christ, and an increasing knowledge of his wonder. The tunnel is at places only about two feet wide, but its average height is about six feet. All who believe in him, will worship him. (ii) It was forbidden to heal on the Sabbath. 35-38 And if we know or apprehend anything of Christ, it is because we were first known of him. Thanks to the coming of the true light of the world, many of the people formally in darkness have been enlightened. With deft and revealing touches John causes the people involved to live before us. Because Otto is fed too much (the … Continue reading "Commentary on John 9:1-41" To help a fellow-man in need is to manifest the glory of God, for it is to show what God is like. 5-7 HE TOLD WHAT HAPPENED Vss. It must never be forgotten that no man lives to himself and no man dies to himself. The healing of the blind man is presented as a parable of spiritual illumination. The Christian's duty is to fill the time he has--and no man knows how much that will be--with the service of God and of his fellow-men. If he sees in Jesus something to wonder at, something to respond to, something to reach out to, then he is on the way to God. Your sin remains.". a 2 * His disciples asked him, b “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him. In any collection of the world's greatest literature his parables would have to be listed. As it is, your claim is, 'We see.' Now comes the inevitable trouble. "We are Moses' disciples. The man answered: "It is an astonishing thing that you do not know where he comes from, when he opened my eyes. Second, by helping those who are in trouble or in pain, we can demonstrate to others the glory of God. Commentary on John 15:9-17 View Bible Text If last Sunday’s lesson ended on the note of disciples glorifying God the Father through the bearing of “much fruit,” then in this Sunday’s continuation that fruit fairly bursts open as a veritable flood in the exercise of love. They thought that theirs was the only way of serving God. And as Jesus passed by Any kind of suffering is an opportunity to demonstrate the glory of God in our own lives. Now a prophet is a man who brings God's message to men. Those whose eyes are opened, and whose hearts are cleansed by grace, being known to be the same person, but widely different in character, live as monuments to the Redeemer's glory, and recommend his grace to all who desire the same precious salvation. Christ magnified his power, in making a blind man to see, doing that which one would think more likely to make a seeing man blind. Since time began no one has ever heard of anyone who opened the eyes of a man born blind. There were two kinds of excommunication. So the Pharisees asked him again how sight had come to him. In any anthology of the loveliest lives ever lived, his would have to be included. (ii) There were the man's parents. (Job 27:9). (iii) There were the Pharisees. 1-4 HE TRIED GOD'S WAY - Vss. Christ not only worked miracles on the sabbath, but in such a manner as would give offence to the Jews, for he would not seem to yield to the scribes and Pharisees. In Acts we twice hear of people who had been helpless from their birth (the lame man at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple in Acts 3:2, and the cripple at Lystra in Acts 14:8), but this is the only man in the gospel story who had been so afflicted. —In the original the tenses are present, describing the scene as it was impressed on the mind of the writer. Christ cured many who were blind by disease or accident; here he cured one born blind. But there is another opportunity we may miss. (39-41). "I have already told you," the man said, "and you did not listen. (1-2) The disciples ask a question. (a) For John the miracles are always a sign of the glory and the power of God. They really got that idea from Plato and the Greeks. All Rights Reserved. There is in Glasgow a sundial with the motto: "Tak' tent of time ere time be tint." For instance, a man with toothache might not suck vinegar through his teeth. (13-17) They ask concerning him. At this point there does not seem to be open hostility; rather the dilemma represented in 9:16 was real: a man who was good enough to perform the miracle would not have performed it on the Sabbath . They brought the man and examined him. "If a man extinguishes a lamp on the Sabbath to spare the lamp or the oil or the wick, he is culpable." (24-34) Christ's words to the man that had been blind. When they saw him, they used the opportunity to put to Jesus a problem with which Jewish thought had always been deeply concerned, and which is still a problem. Whenever a man is confronted with Jesus, that man at once passes a judgment on himself. The man with the diseased eyes wished Vespasian "to moisten his eye-balls with spittle"; the man with the diseased hand wished Vespasian "to trample on his hand with the sole of his foot." The Pool of Siloam was one of the landmarks of Jerusalem; and it was the result of one of the great engineering feats of the ancient world. LIGHT FOR THE BLIND EYES (John 9:1-5 continued). A second time they called the man who used to be blind. Even then it must be only such as to keep the patient from getting worse, not to make him any better. Both facts are attested to this day, when falsehood can bring no reward, by those who were present on the occasion" (Tacitus, Histories 4: 8 1). A baby causes pain by being born. All who have felt the power and grace of the Lord Jesus, wonder at the wilfulness of others who reject him. Spittle, and especially the spittle of some distinguished person, was believed to possess certain curative qualities. We do well sometimes to think of the sheer magnificence of the manhood of Jesus. 9:18 Note again the interchangeability of oiJ =Ioudai'oi (here) with “oiJ Farisaivoi” (9:13). (ii) To this man there was made the great revelation that Jesus was the Son of God. There is particular notice taken of such a suffer in the cause of Christ, and for the testimony of a good conscience. Human reason cannot judge of the Lord's methods; he uses means and instruments that men despise. "Give the glory to God," was a phrase used in cross-examination which really meant: "Speak the truth in the presence and the name of God." Christ says of uncommon calamities, that they are not always to be looked on as special punishments of sin; sometimes they are for the glory of God, and to manifest his works. No doubt the man's thoughts were running on these things when he said that in his opinion Jesus was a prophet. Whatever else may be in doubt, this is true--if men followed the teachings of Jesus, all personal, all social, all national, all international problems would be solved. Our life is our day, in which it concerns us to do the work of the day. The Pool of Siloam was the place where the conduit from the Virgin's Fountain issued in the city. 13-34 HE TRUSTED CHRIST Vss. Study John 9 using John Lightfoot’s Bible Commentary to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. He was cursed in the presence of the people, and he was cut off from God and from man. JOHN 9 6 Outlines John 9 THE SEEING BLIND MAN INTRODUCTION - Vss. (Psalms 66:18). (i) There was the blind man himself. Explore John 9 by Verse John 9:1 John 9:2 John 9:3 John 9:4 John 9:5 John 9:6 John 9:7 John 9:8 John 9:9 John 9:10 John 9:11 John 9:12 John 9:13 John 9:14 John 9:15 John 9:16 John 9:17 John 9:18 John 9:19 John 9:20 John 9 He began by thinking of Jesus as a wonderful man. And do you say that he was born blind? "If a man's hand or foot is dislocated he may not pour cold water over it." "William Barclay's Daily Study Bible". (i) He began by calling Jesus a man. It maintains the previous chapter 's theme "Jesus is light", recording the healing of a man who had been blind from birth, a miracle performed by Jesus, and their subsequent dealings with the Pharisees. (Psalms 145:19). After anointing the man's eyes with spittle, Jesus sent him to wash in the Pool of Siloam. "It is you who are his disciple," they said. They believed that all souls existed before the creation of the world in the garden of Eden, or that they were in the seventh heaven, or in a certain chamber, waiting to enter into a body. So the man went and washed, and came home seeing." When we read the wisdom of the words of Jesus, we are bound to say: "This is a prophet!" The water supply of Jerusalem had always been precarious in the event of a siege. The man who is conscious of his own blindness, and who longs to see better and to know more, is the man whose eyes can be opened and who can be led more and more deeply into the truth. The Pharisees are typical of the people in every generation who condemn anyone whose idea of religion is not theirs. They did not believe at first that the man had been blind. The Greeks had believed that such souls were good, and that it was the entry into the body which contaminated them; but there were certain Jews who believed that these souls were already good and bad. The day on which Jesus had made the clay and opened his eyes was the Sabbath day. He said: "I don't know.". We are given only so much time. 2 And his disciples asked him, c “Rabbi, d who sinned, e this man or f his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but Ezekiel says of the disobedient people: "Though they cry in my ears with a loud voice, I will not hear them" (Ezekiel 8:18). And he that will never do a good work till there is nothing to be objected against, will leave many a good work for ever undone, Ecclesiastes 11:4. It goes through three stages, each one higher than the last. "Rabbi." Shakespeare makes Mark Antony say of Brutus: So mix'd in him that Nature might stand up, And say to all the world, 'This was a man!'". He took the saying in Genesis 4:7 : "Sin is couching at the door." One thing I do know--I used to be blind and now I can see." ). God gave men the day for work and the night for rest; the day comes to an end and the time for work is also ended. "You were altogether born in sin" they said to him, "and are you trying to teach us?" When Hezekiah realized that Sennacherib was about to invade Palestine he determined to cut through the solid rock a tunnel or conduit from the spring into the city (2 Chronicles 32:2-8; 2 Chronicles 32:30; Isaiah 22:9-11; 2 Kings 20:20). how many impotent souls cured on that day! Only the man who realizes his own sin can be forgiven. They actually believed that a man could begin to sin while still in his mother's womb. Affliction, sorrow, pain, disappointment, loss always are opportunities for displaying God's grace. There was sentence of temporary excommunication which might last for a month, or for some other fixed period. What do we for God? Napoleon was once in a company in which a number of clever skeptics were discussing Jesus. "A man that is called Jesus opened mine eyes" (John 9:11). How, then, can he now see?" John Chapter 9 will reveal more of the man that was Jesus through the story of a blind man. CHAPTER 9 John 9:1-41.THE OPENING OF THE EYES OF ONE BORN BLIND, AND WHAT FOLLOWED ON IT. (ii) He went on to call Jesus a prophet. "The man they call Jesus made clay," he said, "and smeared it on my eyes, and said to me: 'Go to the Pool of Siloam and wash.' So I went and washed, and sight came to me." 9:6-12 When he had said this he spat on the ground, and made clay from the spittle, and he smeared the clay on his eyes and said to him: "Go, wash in the Pool of Siloam." The disciples look on him as a lesson or case study on the sources of sin. John 9:1-12 Commentary King James Version Questions for Discussion and Thinking Further follow the verse-by- verse International Bible Study Commentary. Jesus is always true to the man who is true to him. To that question the Jewish theologians gave two answers. "What did he do to you?" If we do so read it with care and attention, we will see the loveliest progression in the blind man's idea of Jesus. And there was a division of opinion among them. The alternative was that the man's affliction was due to the sin of his parents. In Acts we twice hear of people who had been helpless from their birth (the lame man at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple in Acts 3:2, and the cripple at Lystra in Acts 14:8), but this is the only man in the gospel story who had been so afflicted. But the argument does show us that the idea of prenatal sin was known. Why do you want to hear the story all over again? "How then," they said to him, "have your eyes been opened?" He is of age. But if a man is a reverent man and does his will, God hears him. How could the blindness possibly be due to his own sin, when he had been blind from his birth? The Rabbi first answered: "From the formation of the embryo." Bible Study 9 Best Commentaries on the Gospel of John I highlight my favorite commentaries on the fourth gospel written by John to help you select your first or next commentary on the gospel of John. The use of spittle was very common in the ancient world. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (9) They saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread. Whatever else is in doubt, there is never any doubt that Jesus was a man among men. That is to say, they accused him of prenatal sin. In the time of Jesus certain Jews did believe that a man's affliction, even if it be from birth, might come from sin that he had committed before he was born. Jesus warned his disciples that their name would be cast out for evil (Luke 6:22). He can answer his own questions." When we spend ourselves to help those in trouble, in distress, in pain, in sorrow, in affliction, God is using us as the highway by which he sends his help into the lives of his people. "Commentary on John 9:4". The Pharisees were so venomously embittered against Jesus that they were prepared to do what ecclesiastics at their worst have sometimes done--to use ecclesiastical procedure to further their own ends. Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. They expected a Messiah, but could not bear to think that this Jesus should be he, because his precepts were all contrary to their traditions, and because they expected a Messiah in outward pomp and splendour. Also, that those who see might be made blind; that those who have a high conceit of their own wisdom, might be sealed up in ignorance. The synagogue authorities had a powerful weapon, the weapon of excommunication, whereby a man was shut off from the congregation of God's people. If ever any man had the right to be called a prophet, Jesus has. "Whether he is a sinner or not," the man answered, "I do not know. They heaped abuse on him. Having been cured, he had some difficulty in persuading the people that a real cure had been effected. He came back from the pool wondering and wondered at; he came seeing. Our Lord Jesus graciously reveals himself to the man. Now is the story of the boring through. In this passage there are two great eternal principles. Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard this. The writers of the other gospels had a different point of view; and regarded them as a demonstration of the compassion of Jesus. And he put the meaning into it that sin awaited man at the door of the womb, as soon as he was born. Jesus said to him: "You have both seen him, and he who is talking with you is he." Jesus goes on to say that he and all his followers must do God's work while there is time to do it. (i) Jesus came into this world for judgment. Thus he showed his power to help in the most desperate cases, and the work of his grace upon the souls of sinners, which gives sight to those blind by nature. (i) By making clay he had been guilty of working on the Sabbath when even the simplest acts constituted work. Before we leave this very wonderful chapter we would do well to read it again, this time straight through from start to finish. While the workmen were still lifting pick to pick, each towards his neighbour, and while three cubits remained to be cut through, each heard the voice of the other who called his neighbour, since there was a crevice in the rock on the right side. "Take thought of time before time is ended." Commentary on John 9:8-12 (Read John 9:8-12 ) Those whose eyes are opened, and whose hearts are cleansed by grace, being known to be the same person, but widely different in character, live as monuments to the Redeemer's glory, and recommend his grace to … "The hand immediately recovered its power; the blind man saw once more. He had never met anyone who could do the kind of things Jesus did; and he began by thinking of Jesus as supreme among men. (18-23) They cast him out. It can occur as early as seven or eight; it increases gradually to the age of ten or eleven; it increases rapidly to the age of sixteen; it declines steeply up to the age of twenty; and after thirty it is very rare. I will follow him through heaven and hell. Away back in the days of Ezra we read of a decree that whosoever did not obey the command of the authorities "his property should be forfeited and he himself banned from the congregation" (Ezra 10:8). 1. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dsb/john-9.html. Here are some of the things which were forbidden on the Sabbath. John 9:2-3 At some time or other, every human being experiences suffering. Ask himself. When asked his opinion of Jesus in view of the fact that he had given him his sight, his answer was: "He is a prophet" (John 9:17). The psalmist says: "If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened." Surely you can't want to become his disciples?" The law that responsibility is the other side of privilege is written into life. It came mainly from the Virgin's Fountain or the Spring Gihon, which was situated in the Kidron Valley. (i) Jesus looked for the man. "Say what you like," he said, "about this man; I don't know anything about him except that he made me able to see." Biblical Commentary (Bible study) John 5:1-9 EXEGESIS: JOHN 1-4. 8). 7 'Go,' he told him, 'wash in the Pool of Siloam' (this word means Sent). The Pharisees vainly hoped to disprove this notable miracle. "Surely," they said, "we are not blind?" The Jews connected suffering and sin. May we be enabled, by well-doing, to silence the ignorance of foolish men. He knew quite well what the Pharisees thought of Jesus. When he was asked his opinion of Jesus, he gave it without hesitation. 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