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Give God the Glory
JOHN 9 BIBLE STUDY
John 9:17-23 Opened Your Eyes

John 9:24-29 Give God the Glory

John 9:30-34 God Does Not Hear Sinners
John 9:35-41 Lord, I Believe!
JOHN 9:24  24 So they again called the man who was blind, and said to him, “Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner.”

Why do the Jews suddenly tell the healed blind man to "Give God the glory!" (John 9:24)?
They actually weren't telling him to give glory to God for his healing. "Give God the glory" was an old and common Jewish oath to tell the truth before God: Now Joshua said to Achan, “My son, I beg you, give glory to the Lord God of Israel, and make confession to Him, and tell me now what you have done; do not hide it from me” (Joshua 7:19).

So, were the Jews ordering the healed blind man to tell the truth?
"Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner" amounts to, "Tell the truth! We know that this Man is a sinner." They were telling him to agree with them.

So, the man doesn't give glory to God for his healing?
He actually does (see below), but because of God's will, not the Jews'.

JOHN 9:25-26  25 He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.” 26 Then they said to him a second time, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?”

How does the healed blind man respond to the Jews?
He sticks to what he knows and what they cannot refute: “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see” (John 9:25).

Why do the Jews repeat, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes” (John 9:26)?
They are out of arguments and have nothing else to say. They sound like they are almost pleading with him to recant how he had been healed.

Does the healed blind man oblige?
See below.

JOHN 9:27-29  27 He answered them, “I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?” 28 Then they reviled him and said, “You are His disciple, but we are Moses’ disciples. 29 We know that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where He is from.”

Why did the Jews "revile" (John 9:28) the healed blind man?
Instead of obliging, he dared to ask if they want to become Jesus' disciples, which sets off the Jews and gives them an excuse to vent at him their pent-up frustration and anger.

What do the Jews then do next?
Admit to the healed blind man their ignorance about Jesus' origins: "We do not know where He is from" (John 9:29).

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