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Focus! Keeping Your Eyes on Jesus in a Near-Sighted, Distracted World! (The Blind Man in John 9 – Part 9)

There are, of course, two kinds of blindness — physical and spiritual. In this extensive telling of the man born blind’s story, Jesus heals the first kind. The second kind is becoming more and more evident as we move through the details.

In this series of blog posts on FOCUS I want to examine my own vision and ask if my spiritual eyesight is getting dim, distracted, or damaged by choices I make. We will be looking at a number of key biblical passages which emphasize this sense of sight. I am particularly looking forward to pondering the healing miracles which turned blind people into sighted people.

“You’re Now Under Oath!” The efforts of the Pharisees to get at the “truth” they wanted have failed. The parents of the man born blind were of no help at all. They now summon this unnamed now sighted person and grill him a second time. But this time they put him under oath. When they say “Give glory to God” they are referring back to the story of Achan in Joshua 7 who stole some of the “devoted things” and Joshua says to him, “My son, give glory to the Lord, the God of Israel, and honor him. Tell me what you have done; do not hide it from me.” (v. 19). What the Pharisees were really saying to the man born blind was, “You’ve been lying to us up to this point. Now tell the truth!”

The Issue of Knowledge: The Pharisees declare, as they put the man under oath, that they know Jesus is a sinner (v. 24). But their certainty is under attack and the man born blind simply responds, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know.” (v. 25). It’s important to state what one doesn’t know. But he goes on to say, “One thing I do know. I was blind, but now I see!”

Today’s Challenge: They are many things that you and I don’t know. What do you know for certain? We have the sure and certain Word of God which declares to us our rescue by Jesus. Let’s speak clearly of what we do know so others will see their need to be rescued!

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2021 in focus

 

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Focus! Keeping Your Eyes on Jesus in a Near-Sighted, Distracted World! (The Blind Man in John 9 – Part 8)

Jesus is in the business of helping blind people see. And this miracle, the most extensively reported miracle in the entire Bible, gives us dramatic testimony of a man who was born blind.

In this series of blog posts on FOCUS I want to examine my own vision and ask if my spiritual eyesight is getting dim, distracted, or damaged by choices I make. We will be looking at a number of key biblical passages which emphasize this sense of sight. I am particularly looking forward to pondering the healing miracles which turned blind people into sighted people.

Meet the Parents: The Pharisees were locked into their logic which produced no small amount of cognitive dissonance with them! They had already concluded that Jesus couldn’t be from God (He has broken the Sabbath). But they still had a man claiming to have received his sight standing in front of them. So they move to Plan “B.” Plan B involves denying that a miracle took place which necessitated interviewing the parents. They sent for the parents and grilled them with two questions: (1) “Is this your son — the one you say was born blind?” and (2) “How is it that now he can see?”

Fear Answers: This mother and father had every reason to deny that this man was their son or to say that he had not been born blind. But they tell the truth. “We know he is our son. And we know he was born blind.” They tell what they know for sure. They then respond to the second question: “But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don’t know.” So they destroy the assumption of the Pharisees that the man was not born blind and that a miracle had not occurred.

Passing the Buck: This mother and father were not interested in tangling with the Pharisees, so they send them back to their son: “He is of age — ask him!” We’re not sure how old the man born blind was, but he was old enough to defend himself. We learn of the motive of the parents in verse 22, for they feared the Jewish leaders. They knew that anyone who acknowledged Jesus as the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue.

Today’s Challenge: Do you and I tell the truth, even when we are afraid of the consequences? Fearing the Lord is a good thing. Fearing human beings (more than we fear God) is a trap of the Evil One. We are to speak the truth in love. Will you do that today if the Lord gives you a chance to do so?

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2021 in focus

 

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Clever Parents!

An old man calls his son and says, “Listen, your mother and I are getting divorced. Forty-five years of misery is enough.”

“Dad, what are you talking about?” the son screams.

“We can’t stand the sight of each other any longer,” he says. “I’m sick of her face, and I’m sick of talking about this, so call your sister and tell her,” and he hangs up….

Now, the son is worried. He calls his sister. She says, “No way they’re getting divorced!” She calls their father immediately. “You’re not getting divorced! Don’t do another thing. The two of us are flying home tomorrow to talk about this. Until then, don’t call a lawyer, don’t file a paper. DO YOU HEAR ME?” She hangs up the phone.

The old man turns to his wife and says, “Okay, they’re both coming for Christmas and paying their own airfares.”

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2020 in humor

 

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Turning into Your Parents (A Great Commercial)

So classic! Hmmm, “we can’t keep you from turning into your parents. But we can save you money on insurance!” Any comments?

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2020 in commercials

 

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Becoming Like Your Parents — Time for a Great Commercial!

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2019 in parents

 

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Time for a Great Cartoon: A Nostalgic Visit!

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Posted by on December 8, 2016 in nostalgia

 

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Gotten outraged recently?

FirefoxScreenSnapz258I was doing the good-husband thing today which meant I had to take some items to our local consignment store for my wife.  As I parked my car, I saw a little boy who was about 4 years old in an SUV much like the one in the picture to the left.  The car was running, I assume the air conditioning was on, and he was by himself in the car.  It was about 92 degrees outside.  He was alone — by himself — in the car.

Now you need to understand that the wait to turn in consignment items in this place can be as much as an hour.  I’m not sure his mom was bringing in items on consignment or was there to shop — but she had left her little boy alone in the car in the parking lot!

I was incensed!  When I went into the consignment store, he had actually climbed behind the wheel and was pretending he was driving.  He had lost all interest in the dvd.  I didn’t check to see that the doors were locked.  But I did do something about it.

I reported the car and the little boy to the store manager who was also shocked that anyone would leave their little boy unattended for perhaps up to an hour!  I’m sure he would have been a handful in the store, but isn’t that what parenting is all about?  With a car running, it probably would not have taken much for someone to kidnap the little boy or drive the car away with him in it!

The only word that comes to my mind is NEGLECT.  FirefoxScreenSnapz260This mother, or grandmother, or parental substitute, in my humble opinion, was neglecting this little guy for something deemed more important than his safety!  What would you have done if you had noticed this situation?

Questions:

1.  Anything outraged you recently?

2.  What other actions would you have taken in my situation?

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2013 in children

 

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