John 9: Cp healing of the blind in Isa 42:6,7. There is no
light in the mind of the flesh; true light comes only from God. Man cannot
direct his steps (Jer 10:23). Some have eyes, but they see not (Psa 115:5).
"...the blindness and poverty of man, proclaiming his need at the gateway of
heaven" (MP 240).
AS HE WENT ALONG: As he came near: cp Isa 53; Heb
2:14,17: Jesus "came near" to us in the possession of human nature.
WHO SINNED...?: This question is answered in Luk
OR HIS PARENTS: Not his immediate parents, but
certainly his original parents. Our "blind" nature comes from the sin of Adam
Silence was his settled policy for most of his ministry (Mat
9:30; 17:9; 12:16; Mar 1:34; 5:43; 7:36; 8:26; Luk 5:14), with one notable
exception (Mar 5:19 -- Legion with his family). But in last days of ministry, a
change of course (Mat 21:1-11; Joh 7:37; 9:3; 11:4).
SO THAT THE WORK OF GOD MIGHT BE DISPLAYED IN HIS LIFE:
"Phaneroo": Christ manifesting the light of God: 1Jo 1:1,2,5.
WE MUST DO THE WORK OF HIM WHO SENT ME: Christ doing
the work of his Father (Joh 4:34; 5:17-19), by speaking the word of his Father
(Joh 7:16; 12:49,50; 3:34; Isa 59:20,21).
NIGHT IS COMING, WHEN NO ONE CAN WORK: The cessation of
Holy Spirit gifts (Mic 3:6). Cp Rom 13:12.
More generally: "It is useless for young people to dream of
the great service they will render some day. It is far better to make a start
immediately on something near at hand and within the scope of present powers.
Even if you have a great idea of real value but beyond the range of immediate
possibilities it is still practicable to start work at once. The principle of
the limited objective comes to our aid in this. If we were unable with our
present strength to establish a home for the aged and unfortunate, we could even
to-day give cheer and help to a few who are near at hand. This may be regarded
if we will, as a first step in a much larger project, doing a little good and
enlarging our knowledge at the same time. We cannot immediately write the great
book which shall bring conviction and wisdom to all readers, but we may make a
first step in the form of a preliminary essay which will be good exercise for us
and perhaps give a little help to a few of our fellows. Thus with a series of
limited steps we may accomplish something even now without any surrender of our
great ideal of service, but rather making it more practicable. The great work of
philanthropy or of reason may never be realized, but we shall have accomplished
something better than idle dreams" (PrPr).
WHILE I AM IN THE WORLD: Both personally and by Holy
Spirit -- the Paraklete: Mar 16:20; Mat 28:20.
THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD: Jesus is the antitype of the
pillar of fire in the wilderness.
Seven "I am's" of John: "the bread of life" (Joh 6:35); "the
light of the world" (Joh 9:5); "the door" (Joh 10:9); "the good shepherd" (Joh
10:11); "the way" (Joh 14:6); "the resurrection and the life" (Joh 11:25); and
"the vine" (Joh 15:1).
SPIT: Degradation, humiliation: Isa 50:6. Ordinarily,
this would bring blindness -- a serious inconvenience and irritant, and unclean
besides -- but by this extraordinary means Christ healed the man: that no flesh
should glorify itself (1Co 1:29). Cp the "eyesalve" of Rev 3:18.
MUD: Or clay, the substance out of which Jesus himself
was created. Suggesting a new birth: forming of clay as in the creation of Adam
(Gen 2:7; cp Job 4:19; 10:9).
GO... WASH IN THE POOL: As Naaman was told to wash
himself in the Jordan (2Ki 5:10).
SILOAM: Or "Shiloah" (Isa 8:6).
SENT: Christ was the one "sent" (v 4).
SO THE MAN WENT AND WASHED: Even though he could not as
yet see! "Our blind eyes are touched by the ointment prepared by the mingling of
the dust of the ground with the moisture from the mouth of him who was sent from
heaven. But this does not cure us. We receive the command to go and wash in the
waters of Apostleship (John is careful to point out that Siloam means Sent). It
is a long and difficult journey. Some do not undertake it at all; some begin
only to give it up and resume their begging at the gate. Often it is made
shorter and easier by the friendly guidance of one who can see. It is the
responsibility of all enlightened ones to listen for the tapping of the stick
and the cry to be directed to the waters of Siloam. But faith and obedience are
rewarded. With the washing of the waters we enter a new world illuminated by the
Sun of Righteousness. This may mean estrangement, persecution and sacrifice, but
it will also be an opportunity for witness and loyalty. Jesus will know. He will
seek us out and invite us into a fellowship so deep and abiding that all the
former relationships are like the phantom sounds and movements of the dark world
from which we have been delivered" (MP 240,241).
Thus, once again, "work" on the Sabbath!
The "blind" legalists cannot see.
But notice that there is no attempt to deny the miracle
He is first rejected by his religious community, and then by
GIVE GLORY TO GOD: In other words, "confess your sin --
in trying to deceive us -- as did Achan" (Jos 7:19; cp Jer 13:15,16). "Your
brothers who hate you, and exclude you because of my name, have said, 'Let the
LORD be glorified, that we may see your joy!' Yet they will be put to shame"
I HAVE TOLD YOU ALREADY AND YOU DID NOT LISTEN:
'Perhaps you need Jesus to heal your ears, as he healed my eyes.'
DO YOU WANT TO BECOME HIS DISCIPLES?: A virtual
admission of his own discipleship.
WE ARE DISCIPLES OF MOSES: But if they had believed
Moses, they would have accepted Jesus (Joh 5:46).
Ct Joh 7:27: two self-contradictory statements. They did not
know what to think!
GOD DOES NOT LISTEN TO SINNERS: But see Act
SIN AT BIRTH: Sinful nature: Rom 8:3; Jam
THEY THREW HIM OUT: Which was nothing new to this man:
Lev 21:18. Hirelings who do not care for sheep: Joh 10:13.
JESUS HEARD THAT THEY HAD THROWN HIM OUT:
Excommunication was a process spanning prob 60 days, ie from Tabernacles (Joh
7:22 to Joh 8) to Dedication (Joh 10:22).