“Do you want to become His disciples too?” The conversation, the interview, the interrogation is now over. Discussions can end in various ways: the two parties can shake hands and thank each other for their perspective; they can simply walk away from each other muttering to themselves how wrong the other side was. Or the conclusion can become much more traumatic. Blows might be exchanged. And in this debate with the man born blind, insults are used to pummel the man.
I looked up international insults on the web and found a few that were fairly funny. Such as: “I’m not saying I hate you, but I would unplug your life support to charge my phone.” How about this one? “You bring everyone a lot of joy — when you leave the room.” Or, “You shouldn’t play hide and seek — No one would look for you.” (last one) Or “Somewhere out there is a tree, tirelessly producing oxygen so you can breathe. I think you owe it an apology.” (I had to sort through a number of rather perverse ones to find these).
The Pharisees “hurl” insults at the man born blind. The term “hurl” is loidoreo in verse 28 (λοιδορεω) and means to revile, rail at, abuse and is used only four times in the Scriptures (Jn. 9:28; Acts 23:4; 1 Cor. 4:12; 1 Pet. 2:23).
Had anyone “hurled” insults at you recently? Maybe becoming a disciple of Jesus isn’t all that provocative in our culture. Should it be? (to be continued)