Tuesday, October 29, 2013

They Cast Him Out

So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.” He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” And they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” The man answered, “Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out. (John 9:24-34)
The Jews, the term is used in John’s gospel to mean the leaders of the Jews, take the parents advice and start questioning the man. The questioning becomes a bit ludicrous. It often does when people want to attack Christianity. The man who was blind is pretty smart. He keeps the focus on the facts. He was blind, and now he sees. Whether Jesus is a sinner or not isn’t something he will speak to. He does begin to taunt them a bit, “Do you to want to become his disciples?” The man knows that there really isn’t any sense in answering their questions, because they aren’t interested in truth. Rather they are just trying to hang the man or Jesus or both. When he doesn’t give them the answers they begin to castigate him. “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” They’ve lost the argument, their folly has been thrown in their face. So they cast him out. “ Blessed are you when they persecute you for my sake.”

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