1 Samuel 22:1-23; John 9:14-41; Psalms 113:1-9; Proverbs 24:15-16
NT: “So a second time they summoned the man who had been blind and told him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.” He answered, “Whether or not he’s a sinner, I don’t know. One thing I do know: I was blind, and now I can see!” Then they asked him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” “I already told you,” he said, “and you didn’t listen. Why do you want to hear it again? You don’t want to become his disciples too, do you?” They ridiculed him: “You’re that man’s disciple, but we’re Moses’s disciples. We know that God has spoken to Moses. But this man — we don’t know where he’s from.” “This is an amazing thing!” the man told them. “You don’t know where he is from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but if anyone is God-fearing and does his will, he listens to him. Throughout history no one has ever heard of someone opening the eyes of a person born blind. If this man were not from God, he wouldn’t be able to do anything.” “You were born entirely in sin,” they replied, “and are you trying to teach us?” Then they threw him out. Jesus heard that they had thrown the man out, and when he found him, he asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” “Who is he, Sir, that I may believe in him?” he asked. Jesus answered, “You have seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.” “I believe, Lord!” he said, and he worshiped him. Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment, in order that those who do not see will see and those who do see will become blind.” Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard these things and asked him, “We aren’t blind too, are we?” “If you were blind,” Jesus told them, “you wouldn’t have sin. But now that you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.” (John 9:24-41 CSB)
Jesus’ healing of the man that was born blind was such an undeniable miracle that it put the Jewish leaders in a precarious position. They claimed that Jesus was not sent by God, and threatened anyone who claimed that He was sent by God with excommunication from the temple. They kept questioning the man and his parents as well… possibly in an attempt to get him to recant his story? Nevertheless, the man who was healed from his blindness could not deny the miracle that he experienced. As the religious leaders kept pestering him with questions, he facetiously asked them why they were so interested in Jesus… did they want to become His disciples as well. That put the Pharisees on the defense and they claimed they were disciples of Moses… not a no-name man that no one had heard of. The once-blind man’s response to their defense was a vague way of claiming that Jesus could be the Messiah. People believed that no one would know where the Messiah came from… and that He would be anointed to bring sight to the blind. That was more than the self-righteous Pharisees were willing to put up with, and they cast the man out of the temple. Jesus later found the man and revealed Himself to him… and the once-blind man worshipped Jesus. He didn’t have to be allowed in the temple to worship his Savior and Lord. Jesus then said something key: There would be people who were spiritually blind, who would believe in Jesus, and would be given spiritual sight. There would be others who would be too self-righteous to believe in Jesus who would remain in their spiritual blindness and be judged. Spiritually speaking, we are all born blind. To receive spiritual sight from Jesus, you must first humble yourself and confess that you can’t fully see… and that you need to have your eyes opened to the truth. The Pharisees were not willing to do that, so they remained in their blindness and sin.