Bible Study – John Chapter 9 Verses 1-10
John 9:1 – And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. After Jesus’ confrontations with the religious leaders and leaving them speechless, He passes by a man that is blind from birth. Although the Jews had rejected Him as being the Son of God, rejecting the Word of God, assumed Jesus had a devil because they couldn’t understand what He was speaking of spiritually. He did not miss the opportunity of doing good among them. The cure of this blind man was a kindness to the man and to the public, enabling him to work for his living who before was a charge and burden to the neighborhood.
John 9:2 – And his disciples asked him saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? There was a Jewish belief, that all suffering was punishment for sin. The Jews considered human life to begin at conception which is correct according to study on conception and birth. Jesus’ disciples thought either the man had sin or his parents, how could one sin before birth? The disciples probably thought the man was suffering from the sin of the parent since the child couldn’t have sinned. Although the disciples were with Jesus when He saw the blind man they didn’t have the same compassion as Jesus did when He looked upon the man, Jesus saw him as one in need of help the disciples assumed the blind man or his parent had sinned. One would think Jesus’ disciple would have been as compassionate as their leader but they weren’t. Many of Jesus’ disciples even in today’s time does not have the love and compassion as their Shepherd.
John 9:3 – Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. Jesus’ reply to His disciples was the man neither the parents had sinned but God’s should be manifested in this situation. Sometimes believers believe they have sinned because they are suffering in different areas of their life, but that’s not true, yes, we suffer the consequences of sin, but we also suffering so that God will get the glory out of our lives and His power being manifested in our life’s situations and issues. God allowed the man to be born blind so that Jesus could heal him, therefore, displaying the works of God’s healing power.
John 9:4 – I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. God had given the Son power and He had to go about and do the work the Father had assigned to Him. All the work He had to do in His own person here on earth was to be done before His death; the time of His living in this world is the day He’s speaking about. The time of our life is our day, during the day of life we must be busy not wasting time. We can’t compute how close our night is, every day we live we are closer to our night. When the night comes all laborers must show their work and receive according to what they have done rather good or bad.
John 9:5 – As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. Jesus would cure this blind man, the representative of a blind world because He came to be the light of the world. Light is the condition opposed to darkness, in the darkness, you can’t see clearly. Sin is darkness and many can’t see what they’re doing is wrong because their eyes have been blinded to the truth. Light reveals what’s in the dark, and those who are in darkness sometimes don’t want those whose light is shining to be around them because they know it will reveal what’s in them. This is another reason why the religious leaders were against Jesus because of the light that was being brought to a dark world.
John 9:6 – When he had thus spoken he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle (saliva), and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with clay. After Jesus finished teaching His disciples, He spat on the ground and made clay of His spittle because there was no water near; and He would teach us to be willing to use what we have to get the job done. Daubing clay on the eyes would close them up but never open them. It would take the power of God to open his eyes to see; the design of the gospel is to open men’s eyes.
John 9:7 – And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam (which is by interpretation, Sent). He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. Jesus instructs the man to go and wash in the pool of Siloam; his obedience to the instructions given him brought forth a blessing. Whenever we obey God’s Word or if He gives us instructions to do something, if we obey, we will be blessed. The man had faith to be healed, he didn’t question Jesus, he just followed the instructions. He went and washed and came back seeing.
John 9:8 – The neighbors, therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged. It was such a marvelous thing that had occurred; a man blind from birth was now seeing. The neighbors wondered if this was the same man that was sitting begging.
John 9:9 – Some say This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he. Some believed it was the man that had sat and begged while others suggested that it was someone who looked like him. A miracle had been performed and they couldn’t believe what they were witnessing. Their disagreement brought confusion, and we know God is not the author of confusion. Although many had known the man from birth and knew he had been born blind they couldn’t accept that he was now seeing. Many Christians have relatives and friends who knew them before they accepted Christ and they still try to keep you as the same person with the behaviors and character you once had. They can’t accept that you are a new creature in Christ Jesus. This is when you have to do as the blind man did, and say I am he or she. I was once blind but now I see.
John 9:10 – Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened? They wanted to know how his eyes were opened; maybe this is one of the groups of people that weren’t in proximity with Jesus and the man when Jesus made clay of His spittle and instructed him to go and wash in the pool of Siloam. One thing for sure, they knew he was born blind but now he’s seeing. There will always be doubters and unbelievers around us but we must know who we believe and whose report we will believe.