Friday, March 30, 2012

John 9:4-12

Before getting into our study this morning, I want to give you the latest updates I received on Royce and Tosh yesterday. The first comes from Grandma Pammie:

Royce is responding quite well to his surgery.
Doctors took him off the ventilator late yesterday afternoon.
This is a HUGE prayer PRAISE!!!
God continues to show his grace upon this adorable child of his.  We are all so grateful with the daily mercies of the Lord.
We can't begin to thank each and every prayer warrior for Royce's needs, but will ask that each individual be abundantly blessed with his own needs.

Then we received this news about Tosh: he was taken off the oxygen on Sunday and currently breathing on his own. The developmental nurses are pleased with the progress he is making, but it is a slow process and small steps at a time.   If he continues to improve, they may allow him to go home next week. 

Oh, Father, how we thank you for your mercy and grace poured out on these babies and their families. May they grow up to glorify You in all they do!

Now, back to this man born blind... Even as we saw yesterday, the causes of illness are not always the same, neither are the healings. Jon Courson, in his Application Commentary: New Testament, reminds us that Jesus healed many blind people, and the healings were always done differently. In Mark 10:46-52, Jesus just speaks to a blind man to heal him. In Matthew 20:30-34, Jesus touches the man’s eyes. Then, in Mark 8:22-25, He touches a man’s eyes twice.

Even as these healings were all unique, Jesus works in our lives in different ways. He refuses to be formulaic. Everything He does in our lives is created for us personally and is unique to our needs. Here, in John 9, the method is totally different. After declaring that He is the light of the world (verse 5), Jesus spits into the dirt and makes a mud pack that He puts on the man’s eyes!

Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. (John 9:6-7)

This healing caused quite a stir in the neighborhood!

His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” Some claimed that he was.

Others said, “No, he only looks like him.”

But he himself insisted, “I am the man.”

“How then were your eyes opened?” they demanded.

He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.”

“Where is this man?” they asked him.

“I don’t know,” he said. (vs.8-12)

Now, I find it perplexing here that the man seems so casual about the fact that he has no idea where this Jesus fellow is. And he doesn’t appear to be excessively curious about it. There is no indication that he ran around looking for Jesus. Maybe he was just so stunned by sight that he was having a hard time processing it... Can you imagine never having seen ANYTHING before, and then suddenly you can see the blue of the sky, the brilliant colors of flowers, and the many faces of your neighbors?? Wow! We learn later, in verse 35, that Jesus actually went looking for the man! Isn’t that just the way with our LORD? He’s the One who finds us!

Next week we’ll see that restoring his physical sight isn’t the main miracle Jesus performs here. And once again, we’ll find the religious leaders outraged!
Have a restful weekend!

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