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12 They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.” John 9:1-12 (NSRV) by New Testament (Ft. Laura Nasrallah)

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January 27th, 2014

Read further. The drama continues. The man who has got to see again is given a hard time, until Jesus reappears on the scene and provides a resolution. It would seem that the story is supposed to be about spiritual blindness, and the lesson (if there is one) that overcoming this may incur rejection. There is arguably more depth here than in the Vespasian anecdote.

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January 27th, 2014

There is not room here to go into great detail. Suffice to say that the rabbis had a list of miracles that Messiah alone would be able to perform. He would be able to do all that was listed, including raising the dead. Giving sight to the blind was also part of the requirements for proving Messiahship.

January 27th, 2014

It seems to me that the man cured of his blindness was afraid to point out the healer. It was the Sabbath (v.14) and “work” was forbidden. Likewise, in vv. 18-23, his parents were afraid to answer because Jesus was already in trouble with “the Jews.”

Gary
January 30th, 2014

But Thomvar, spirtual blindness that we face today could also mean “blinded by our spirituality”???

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January 28th, 2014

I daresay,this is the spiritual blindness all of us are facing today.
Jesus told us before he left us, in Matthew 28:20 ‘And surely I am with you always,to the very end of the age’.

We all ‘say’ Jesus is with each one of us,but do we make an attempt to ‘know’ where within us he resides?

January 27th, 2014

when Jesus put the mud on the man`s eyes he was still blind only after he washed it could he see, which means that he could not see who did it or where he went, besides the Time for the capture of Jesus was still a long way off.

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January 30th, 2014

Jesus heals a man, but is no where to be found. In Mark 1:44…Jesus heals a man and tells him “to tell no one.” Jesus at times wanted his miracles to be on the down low so to speak. Why? Maybe because he wanted to have time to teach his disciples without the focus always being on the miracles. Miracles may have brought a new higher level of focus onto him, that would not have always been positive.

January 27th, 2014

This is the part I don’t understand in this ‘story’, if Jesus cured him by washing his eyes then Jesus was then and there, Why the neighbours didn’t know him and why ‘He’ didn’t know where Jesus is?
There must be a place too far where Jesus sent him to wash which is ‘Siloam’, Nobody told us where or what it is.

March 4th, 2014

As far as he knows he was healed with Jesus.

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February 19th, 2014

The blind man went ironic as it was with the Masters of the Law. “"Why do you want to hear again? Do you want to become his disciples, too? In the same feeling said: to his neighbors "I don´t know”.

mafurati
January 30th, 2014

It seems as if Christ had withdrawn himself and was gone; whether on account of the Jews, who he knew would be irritated by this miracle, or whether to avoid all popular applause and glory, which he sought not, is not certain; it may be on both accounts: this question, however, was put, not out of good will to Christ, but that they might apprehend him, and bring him before the Sanhedrin, for doing work on the Sabbath day.

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January 27th, 2014

A touch more showmanship, adding to the mystery of the healing?

February 26th, 2014

In the following passage it is the Pharisees who interrogate the man, demanding to know all about Jesus. And the Pharisees begin to panic when their worst fears are confirmed by the man’s parents (that a miracle was performed by someone much more powerful than they are).

John 9:39-41 — Jesus said, ‘I came into this world for judgement so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.’ Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, ‘Surely we are not blind, are we?’ Jesus said to them, ‘If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, “We see”, your sin remains.

Later in John (19:5) — Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!”

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11 He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ Then I went and washed and received my sight.” John 9:1-12 (NSRV) by New Testament (Ft. Laura Nasrallah)

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January 27th, 2014

Healing with mud and saliva was well known in ancient times. Jesus used this technique often in his healing. The healing, whether physical or psychological, is symbolic. Jesus heals the man’s soul as he washed in the Pool of Siloam.

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January 29th, 2014

Ailsa: The man cannot identify Jesus as he did not see Him! The man obviously has a new life before him.

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January 29th, 2014

If you have still some time left, please read the rest of chapter 9. The faith of this man is growing and growing (verse 15: He; 17 He’s a prophet; verse 27 fun! he starts to defend Jesus.

January 28th, 2014

The metaphor is obvious but beggs the question why use mud and saliva then have him go wash if washing really does the cleansing.

To me it seams this story was written later to show people what jesus could do.

January 28th, 2014

This man had a testimony to share. Also it shows that when instructions are followed good results occur.

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January 28th, 2014

This is also a lesson of faith and obedience. The man heard about the fame of Jesus as One who heals all manner of diseases, obeyed his command and was healed.

February 4th, 2014

This is one of many stories about the healings of Jesus and in almost all of them there is an element of faith necessary to be healed. The man asked to be healed, yet he could not have seen any of Jesus' healings only heard the reports. He then did as he was told, namely went to the pool at Siloam and washed the mud from his eyes. He then came back and reported to everyone that he was indeed the man that came every day to the pool to be healed, and that Jesus had indeed healed him. In this way the stories were spread and presumably the faith in Jesus. Because this is about Faith, and the necessity for it if one is to be a follower of Jesus.

mafurati
January 30th, 2014

He seems to have been before totally ignorant of Jesus.

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February 11th, 2014

“Eye-witness” in this instance is an oxymoron. Jesus heals a blind man and people say he is an ‘eye-witness’ he [the blind man] saw nothing until he had completed the task set before him (washing in the pool of Siloam). After this the Jewish rulers wish for this man to point Jesus out. However, he is unable to do so. Why, you may ask… because as his parents reported he was blind from his birth! He didn’t see Jesus, however he did hear Him and the crowd following Him. He followed the sound to get to Jesus not the sight…

January 27th, 2014

The visual system is the part of the central nervous system which gives organisms the ability to process visual detail, as well as enabling the formation of several non-image photo response functions. It detects and interprets information from visible light to build a representation of the surrounding environment. The visual system carries out a number of complex tasks, including the reception of light and the formation of monocular representations; the buildup of a binocular perception from a pair of two dimensional projections; the identification and categorization of visual objects; assessing distances to and between objects; and guiding body movements in relation to visual objects. The psychological process of visual information is known as visual perception, a lack of which is called blindness.

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January 27th, 2014

In a metaphorical way, the man was “touched” by what Jesus says, accepts a cleansing and can now see “the way”

February 26th, 2014

Can this “mud” be ointment?

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February 22nd, 2014

There are mystics writing even in a more modern era that a fully healed soul that has dropped the discursive active mind and is fully aligned with the will of God can form a body of light, which is fully healed physically as well as emotionally and spiritually. See Molinas, Bohme, and other writers from esoteric Christian traditions.

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February 19th, 2014

A man named Jesus! Wonderful answer to people. Amazing the ignorance of a people who had heard very recently about the religious that wanted to stone him at the door of the Temple. Could be possible that such controversy in the Temple stayed hidden from the people? Therefore was impossible don´t to know who Jesus was. Maybe they were Faithful followers of the Pharisees, and don´t wanted change his opinion.

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January 28th, 2014

“ask and you’ll receive” Jesus said. The blind man ask desperately and sincerely from Him a sake.

February 15th, 2014

This metaphor blends into Christian songs “ I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see”. For a Christian singing the song, this is almost a confession of faith.

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January 29th, 2014

It appears this blind man only had an account of what Jesus did for him from eye witnesses as he was blind when Jesus rubbed his eyes with mud and by the time he washed and could see, Jesus had gone. I guess he must have been assisted by a bystander to wash in the pool as he wouldn’t have found his way to the pool. Overall, Jesus did this to the glory of God, he wasn’t going to wait around to take the glory for himself. He did what God wants him to do.

February 26th, 2014

The man was healed and believed yet the healer (Jesus) did not linger in order to be identified for his intervention. It was not yet time to attract attention to himself and his followers. And of course the man could not recognize Jesus by sight in any case.

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10 But they kept asking him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” John 9:1-12 (NSRV) by New Testament (Ft. Laura Nasrallah)

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January 28th, 2014

Jesus could have healed the man without having him go to the pool of Siloam. However, by going to the pool, the man exhibited his faith. Also since the man was born blind, he had never experienced “light.” Jesus’s healing made it possible for him to experience light, both physically and spiritually.

mafurati
January 30th, 2014

They might well ask this question, since such a thing was never known before, that one born blind received his sight; and as great a miracle it is in grace, and as great a mystery to a natural man, how one should be born again, or be spiritually enlightened.

January 27th, 2014

When he couldn’t give them an acceptable answer he could only tell them about the mud not knowing how to explain his faith that Jesus would heal him

January 25th, 2014

Incomprehensible, our minds are certainly dismissive when we are privy to the seemingly impossible.

February 26th, 2014

Disbelief at the fact that BELIEF was possible. “None so deaf as those that will not hear. None so blind as those that will not see.” Matthew Henry, Clergyman (b.1662,d.1714)

From Paul, 2 Cor.4:4 — [I]n whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

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February 19th, 2014

A valid question, but one can imagine that they knew who it was Jesus, but He was well known and there was never anyone in the world with the power to cure blindness. So it’s a valid question, but full of distrust.

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9 Some were saying, “It is he.” Others were saying, “No, but it is someone like him.” John 9:1-12 (NSRV) by New Testament (Ft. Laura Nasrallah)

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January 27th, 2014

If he was unrecognised it might be because it was not the same man who came back from Siloam, however I think it was because people tried to ignore beggars so had never looked at him properly before, just like today.

January 28th, 2014

Jiim, I think you are correct here. I could literally see how people avert their eyesight from those who are handicapped or have unusual physical features.
So of course they probably weren’t sure if it was him.

January 27th, 2014

This way to present the miracle seems lively and honest, because John is presenting the fact as a possible mistake, introducing a doubt, which he wasn’t obliged to do (Let’s compare with Tacitus' story). Doing so, he seems offering a more reliable background.

February 26th, 2014

The wording reminds me of the denial of Jesus by Peter during the Passion —

Mt 26:69-70: Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant-girl came to him and said, ‘You also were with Jesus the Galilean.’ 70 But he denied it before all of them, saying, ‘I do not know what you are talking about.’

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February 19th, 2014

This is a miracle no comparison, Vespasian did not even come close to something of this nature.. The neighbors did not recognize him , because when he came, they see his countenance, changed completely. He was a new person. He was so glad it was not possible to be recognized.

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