Bible Study, John Chapter 9 Verses 22-31
John 9:22 – These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue. The parents saw a miracle standing in front of them; a son who was born blind, but now he was seeing because Jesus the Son of God healed him. Since they were afraid of being put out of the synagogue; they were aware of the teaching of Moses but they hadn’t experience anyone being healed by a man other than the men of God during their father’s time. They knew it was Jesus who healed their son but was afraid to confess that Jesus healed their son. They were more afraid of being put out of a building than to give glory to the Son of God. The Jews had three types of excommunication, (1) one last for 30 days, during that time a person could not come within six feet of anyone else. (2) When the person was excluded from all fellowship and worship, and (3) and one that was absolutely excluded forever. No one could conduct business with a person who was excommunicated. Even in today’s churches, many are afraid to confess the wonderful work Jesus has perform in their inward man. They are afraid they will not be accepted and yes, some churches the congruent will be excommunicated from the church when the individual starts worshipping God too much or speaking in tongues. When Jesus truly visits a church, people are healed and delivered. It’s not in the music or the choir but when the Spirit of God enters He opens spiritual blinded yes and soften’s hearts that has been hardened by the world.
John 9:23 – Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him. The parents were trying to be relieved of the questioning of their sons’ healing. Rather than saying what they believed, their reply was their son was of age, ask him and let him tell you who healed him. Fear makes people afraid to speak the truth, the Bible instructs the believer, that God has not given them the spirit of fear, but power, love, and a sound mind.
John 9:24 – Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner. The religious leaders weren’t aware that Jesus was the Son of God and He did only what He saw and heard His Father do. They didn’t have a relationship with God so their assumption was Jesus was a sinner because He healed on the Sabbath. The religious leaders are telling the man to give God the glory when Jesus who the Father has said is God. Jesus was God but also the Son of God, He was equal to His Father. Jesus wasn’t asking for honors or praise, He always gave glory and honor to the Father. The command to “Give God the glory” was a solemn charge to declare the whole truth.
John 9:25 – He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see. The man’s reply was he didn’t know whether Jesus was a sinner or not, but he did know one thing, he was blind and now he was seeing. They were religious leaders and they hadn’t performed any miracles. It’s a sad thing to be in a church and the leaders have no power from God because they don’t have a relationship with God. God has empowered every believer that is willing to submit themselves to the Word of God. God empowers those who are seeking Him and not people and things. It’s a sad thing to be in a church and the Spirit of God never enters, if He’s not entering that’s a key to let you know; you shouldn’t be there either. Be in a church where you can feel the Spirit of God and see Him performing healing and deliverance.
John 9:26 – Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes? The man has already told them once what Jesus had done but they were asking him the same question. Maybe they thought his answer would be different or he would say what they wanted him to say that he wasn’t healed by Jesus.
John 9:27 – He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples? His reply was, he had already told them what had happened and they didn’t hear, their not hearing was because they didn’t believe. So by telling them again, would it make a difference is what he’s asking them. Once you know the truth it does not matter if anyone else excepts the truth, you keep your relationship intact with God without trying to please people.
John 9:28 – Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciples; but we are Moses’ disciples. The young man did not claim he was Jesus’ disciple, he was only replying to the previous questions they had asked. Sadly to say, they were trying to make him say something he didn’t claim. They were twisting his words like many people do when they are in the wrong to get the focus off them, they will try to make you feel as though you are the one in the wrong. The young man was not afraid to tell them who healed him, just as the man had the boldness to say what the Lord had done for him, we as Christians, shouldn’t be afraid to say what the Lord has done for us and in us.
John 9:29 – We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is. The Jewish leaders lied, they didn’t know that God has spoken to Moses they weren’t there when God spoke with Moses, they were only going by what they had heard from others. They weren’t keeping the Mosaic Law and their jealousy of Jesus was keeping them from receiving salvation. No longer was God accepting bulls, and bullocks, He was expecting people to be a living sacrifice, not a died sacrifice.
John 9:30 – The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvelous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes. The healed man’s reply was, although they didn’t know Jesus or knew where He came from, this man healed his eyes, it didn’t matter whether or not they knew where he came from. Jesus had performed a miracle on a person that was blinded from birth, none of the Jewish leaders had healed him although they were acting as though they had such a good relationship with God.
John 9:31 – Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshiper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. The Jewish leaders are telling him, God does not hear sinners whereas they were the sinners. Neither were they worshipping God according to His standards but their own. Worship is not only in song, dance, and music, but worship comes through our lifestyle and our submission to God’s instructions. It’s not what we think our lives are portraying as a Christian but what the Word of God says that a Christians’ life should be.