King James Version (KJV)
28 Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples.
29 We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.
30 The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes.
31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.
32 Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.
33 If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.
34 They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.
Revised Standard Version (RSV)
28 And they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. 29 We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” 30 The man answered, “Why, this is a marvel! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if any one is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. 32 Never since the world began has it been heard that any one opened the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” 34 They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out.
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These are my thoughts, please share yours.
28 They need not like what he had to say so they started off with verbal attacks. We as Christians will be verbally attacked out of fear and hate by nonbelievers but this means something is stirring the spirit to get them this upset and when need to continue to share the gospel with them out of love if the Lord leads us to. They wanted to be known as followers of Moses who had been dead for over a thousand years. This man never claimed to be a disciple of Jesus but was only telling them Jesus made him see. Moses followed the Lord and the problem with the people is they followed Moses and not the Lord so it happens when Moses was gone they built an idol in his place. Moses had become an idol to the Pharisees blocking them from seeing the truth.
29 It is good to question if people receive the words from God and are representatives of Him but, Jesus had already proved Himself time and time again but they rejected Him still. Jesus gave many signs and this man was one of them. They knew where Jesus came from it was one reason why they hated Him.
30 The man again restates what he knows and that is that he was healed by the man, Jesus. The blind man did not need to know where Jesus came from or who He was; he being able to see gave him faith in Him. The Pharisees were the ones that were blind.
31 God does not listen to sinners; they first have to accept Him as Lord, which is a prayer by them He listens to. We need to follow after God for Him to answer our prayer; this does not mean all our prayer will be answered, yes by Him. The man is stating that because Jesus could do this He is a man of God.
32 Jesus was the first one to do this. This was something unheard of. Jesus had healed men prior who had become blind, which shows he just healed their eyes. He made this man’s eyes knew because they never did work.
33 Without God things are hopeless and we truly are not able to do anything. Jesus was not just a man of God; He was God as a man.
34 They accepted that because he was born blind that he sinned to make himself that way. I guess they thought he did great evils from the womb. We are all born into sin except Christ. They Pharisees could no longer argue or persuade this man so they were done with him, they accepted him as a follower of Christ and cut him off from the city. Things would have been hard for him but, he still had his Jesus. When things get though we still can go to Jesus.
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I think that the Pharisees must have thought that the blind man was blind because his ancestors must be guilty of sin and that is why he was blind from birth because of the wrath of God.The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.' (Numbers 14:18)
However, the Pharisees only remembered the later part of the verse ...he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.' and Jesus remembered His promise The LORD is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion....
This incident shows how people Limit God and His mercies with their understanding and how God works for His glory.
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