Bible Study, John Chapter 9 Verses 11-21
John 9:11 – He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me. Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight. People who had known the man from birth saw that he could see and was amazed. In answer to their inquiry, the man gives them a full account of what happened. He goes on to tell them about a man named Jesus made clay and anointed his eyes and instructed him to go to the pool of Siloam and wash. The man had never seen Jesus, by the time that he gained his sight; he couldn’t tell how Jesus looked, he just knew the person that healed him was called Jesus.
John 9:12 – Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not. Rather than rejoicing with the man’s miracle, they questioned who healed him and where was He. Hopefully, some were questioning him out of goodwill that they may get acquainted with Him. While others had ill-will.
John 9:13 – They brought to the Pharisees hin that aforetime (formerly) was blind. Some would think that those who brought this man to the Pharisees did it with good intentions to show that this Jesus was not what they represented Him, but One that gave considerably proofs of a divine mission.
John 9:14 – And it was the Sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. The Jewish Sabbath, Saturday, was the weekly holy day of rest. The Pharisees had made a long list of specific do’s and don’ts regarding the Sabbath. Kneading the clay and healing the man was considered work and therefore were forbidden. Jesus was aware that it was the Sabbath, but Him making the clay and healing the man could have been in order to emphasize His teaching about the Sabbath, that is right to care for other’s needs even if it involves work on a day of rest.
John 9:15 – Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed and do see. The Pharisees inquired how did he receive his sight, his reply to them was he put clay on my eyes and I followed His instructions went and washed my eyes, and now I see. They did not believe the man was born blind nor did they believe Jesus healed him.
John 9:16 – Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them. The Pharisees weren’t looking at the miracle that had been performed on the man, they were concerned about the Sabbath being disregarded. The Pharisees could not believe that Jesus was from God because He had healed on the Sabbath, therefore breaking the oral traditions that had grown up around the Law. Those who came to the conclusion that Jesus was from God seeing the miracle performed knew within themselves no other man could have performed this miracle unless He was sent from God.
John 9:17 – They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet. The blind man came to the conclusion that Jesus was a prophet, his statement does not indicate he had decided that Jesus was the Messiah. He was aware of prophets were men God used to heal His people.
John 9:18 – But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight. After interrogating him concerning his healing, they did not believe that he was born blind, they called for his parents, this they did in hopes to disprove the miracle.
John 9:19 – And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see? They went to the parents asking them was he their son, as well as saying who you say was born blind. They wouldn’t take the answer of the man who the miracle was performed on, neither did they listen to the people who saw the man coming from the pool of Siloam being healed. Them asking the parents was probably assuming they would give a different answer.
John 9:20 – His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind. They didn’t deny that he was their son.
John 9:21 – But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself. The parents reply to their question was they didn’t know how their son was seeing or who or what was making him see. They instructed those who were questioning them, to ask the son, he was of age to speak for himself. They were not eye-witnesses of it and could not say anything to it of their own knowledge. With the Jews and Pharisees surrounding them with questions, even if they knew it probably wouldn’t have been a good idea to tell them.