The problem here is that process is all-important to the religious leaders — and the people they have taught. The real issue in this interrogation — for the friends and later especially for the Pharisees — is the day of the week in which this miracle took place. THE SABBATH!
As the neighbors and those who had formerly known the blind man discover, Jesus had MADE MUD on the Sabbath to put on the man’s eyes so he could go wash and so he could — for the first time in his LIFE! — see! The man born blind is succinct in his response: “The man they call Jesus . . .” He knew next to nothing about Jesus, not even His whereabouts.
“The man they call Jesus” — Soon this man would be calling Jesus “Lord”! But first he has to go through a series of interrogations — and they will not be pretty.
Thank God that our ignorance does not inhibit the God of glory to do works of power in our lives! He who made the deaf, the mute, and the blind (Ex. 4) can reverse the effects of the Fall and give sight where there had only been darkness.
Could it be that this man was actually wanting to find “the man they call Jesus” to thank Him? And his searching gets side-tracked by this series of inquisitions? He certainly becomes irritated and agitated (as we’ll see later) as the questions are hurled at him like stones at the public stoning of an adulteress.
But for right now, he tolerates the questions and will be led to the religious authorities, presumably to give their stamp of approval to his miracle. However, religion can become ugly. Quite ugly. (to be continued)