Daily Word

More sabbath trouble | John 9:13 – 17

13 Then they brought the man who was formerly blind to the Pharisees. 14 Now it was on a Sabbath day that Jesus made the mud and opened the man’s eyes. 15 So the Pharisees asked him again how he received his sight. And he said to them, “He smeared mud on my eyes, and I washed, and now I see.”

16 Then some of the Pharisees said, “This Man [Jesus] is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner (a non-observant Jew) do such signs and miracles?” So there was a difference of opinion among them. 17 Accordingly they said to the blind man again, “What do you say about Him, since He opened your eyes?” And he said, “[It must be that] He is a prophet!”

John 9:13 – 17 (AMP)

John uses the whole chapter to record this event so we need to break it up to digestible chunks. Yesterday was the means of the miracle. We see today the beginning of the questioning by the Jewish leaders, the Pharisees. 

Sabbath troubles

We saw yesterday that Jesus had finished his preaching then was leaving the temple, saw the man born blind, and healed him. As most teaching occurs on the Sabbath, he was teaching on the Sabbath so, the miracle healing happened on the Sabbath. Some in the crowd, probably Pharisee sympathizers who wanted to score some points (see tomorrow), turned him in.

Desperate deduction

The Pharisees were divided on whether Jesus was a sinner for breaking their sabbath rules (which were beyond what God had instituted in the 10 commandments). Some argued that since He clearly performed a miracle that had never been done before, he couldn’t be a sinner. Others held more tightly to their man-made religion and said Jesus is not from God. Interestly enough, they posed the question to the man that was healed! This was a real mark of desperation since this man was probably uneducated – especially about their laws – being unable to read. 

Missing the forest for the trees

These Pharisees were (again) missing the forest for the trees. Jesus has performed another (John 5:5-13) amazing miracle but they were more concerned with their bastardized law than with recognizing God is among them! They didn’t even care about the man or celebrate with him.

<- Reflection ->
  • Have you ever caught yourself focusing on the wrong thing? Maybe we get into an argument with a fellow believer about a doctrinal issue and forget we’re to love one another (John 13:35). 
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