John 9 Bible Study

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John Chapter 9 Commentary Bible Study

JOHN 9:1-3 BIBLE STUDY

John 9:4-5 Bible Study: I Must Work the Works of Him
John 9:6 Bible Study: Jesus Heals the Blind Man
John 9:7-12 Commentary: Pool of Siloam
John 9:13-16 Bible Study: Healed on the Sabbath
John 9:17-23 Bible Study: Opened Your Eyes
John 9:24-29 Commentary: Give God the Glory
John 9:30-34 Bible Study: God Does Not Hear Sinners
John 9:35-41 Bible Study: Lord, I Believe!
JOHN 9:1  1 And as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth.

What is meant by, "And as Jesus passed by" (John 9:1)?
John 8 ended with the statement that Jesus "went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by" (John 8:59). John 9 picks up where John 8 left off and is describing what happened outside the temple "as Jesus passed by" (John 9:1).

Who was the man He "saw" (John 9:1) as He passed by?
A man who "sat and begged" (John 9:8, below) near the temple.

How did Jesus know that he had been "blind from birth" (John 9:1)?
There are at least three possibilities: (A) the beggar was well known and it was common knowledge; (B) his deformity made it visibly obvious (e.g., missing eyeballs or eye sockets) that he had never had functioning eyes; and/or, (C) God knows everything.

JOHN 9:2  2 And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

How did Jesus' disciples know the man "was born blind" (John 9:2)?   
(A) or (B) above, or Jesus had told them.

Why did they ask Jesus, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents" (John 9:2)?
There was a belief in Judaism that physical infirmity was a punishment for sin.

What is disappointing about their reaction to the man's blindness?
They realize that a man has been suffering from birth and know Jesus' power to heal, yet they think about why he became blind instead of a way to help him.

When you see homeless people, do you think about why they became homeless or what you can do to help them?
 

JOHN 9:3  3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.

Who will receive glory when "the works of God" are "revealed" (John 9:3) and the blind man is healed?
God.

So, who was created to glorify God?
Not just this blind man but everyone. Our life isn't an end in itself but the means to the end of glorifying God, for we were created "for" Jesus: "For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him" (Colossians 1:16).

How is it fair for someone to spend years, even their life, being blind?
If you had to spend a few minutes of your life in a blindfold, would you lament that your life has been ruined? A few minutes as a function of your earthly life is much longer than your earthly life is as a function of your eternity in heaven or hell, the importance of which provides the proper perspective - "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us" (Romans 8:18) - and makes anything we suffer on the earth "light" in context of the rest of our eternity: "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and everlasting weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are everlasting" (2 Corinthians 4:17-18).

What kind of eyes did God give to Christians who are blind all their life?
Virgin eyes. Instead of a fallen world contaminated by sin, the first thing their eyes will ever see is the holy, radiant face of Jesus in heaven.

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