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Insight from a Blind Man (A Study of John 9) Part 10

screen-shot-2017-02-27-at-6-11-22-amThe Pharisees were in a pickle.  They knew that the Sabbath was inviolable, but they also knew that Jesus had broken the Sabbath.  He had worked by making mud on the Sabbath!

They logically deduced, from their premise that their view of Sabbath-keeping was the correct one, that Jesus could not be the Messiah promised of God.  It just did not make sense!  Why would the Messiah violate His own commandments about treating the Sabbath as holy?

As we learn in Jesus’ other fights with the Pharisees, they had replaced God’s Word with their own traditions.  What they were defending was not always God’s truth, but their perspectives and additions and expansions of God’s truths.  And Jesus seemed to not care a whit when He broke their Sabbath!

NOT KEEPING THE SABBATH = NOT BEING FROM GOD.  Their logic was impeccable.  The only problem was that they now had a healed tourist in their midst, a grown man who wanted to go SIGHT-seeing!  He had been healed — by a Sabbath-breaker!

Their theological machinery was blowing a gasket!  “How can a sinner perform such signs?”  Of course, every miracle done by God through every human being in the Bible (apart from Jesus) was done through a sinner, was it not?  Something was terribly wrong — either with the miracle itself or the details of the miracle or the Person of Jesus.  Or their presupposition about the Sabbath?

I imagine that by this time the man born blind was becoming increasingly impatient.  Fingers screen-shot-2017-02-27-at-6-28-18-ampointing at him.  Accusations made.  Questions hurled like poisonous darts.  Looks of disgust, religious indignation, logical confusion reigning.  He was probably done with talking.  He wanted to go see some things.  (to be continued)


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Posted by on March 26, 2017 in john 9


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Insight from a Blind Man (A Study of John 9) Part 9

screen-shot-2017-02-25-at-5-36-55-amAh, the miracle was done on the SABBATH!  The Pharisees saw themselves as the keepers of the Sabbath and their logic or lack of logic got them into a lot of debates with Jesus over the purpose of the Sabbath.

Jesus did not check the calendar to see what day it was before He spat on the ground, made mud, put it on this man’s eyes, and told him to go wash.  For Jesus the time was always right for a miracle!

The religiosity of the Pharisees blinded them from the truth about the Sabbath, the truth about this blind man, and the truth about Jesus.  Religion has a way of doing that.

Religion can be a substitute for the righteousness that is offered freely in the gospel. Religion can take the place of compassion.  Religion can poison one’s mind and cause one to think that he or she can work their way to heaven.  Religion can seduce one into minimizing God’s mercy and trampling on His grace.  Religion nailed the Son of God to the cross, didn’t it?

There is indeed a God-consciousness built inside each of us that is either met by God’s mercy or twisted by man’s own religious efforts.

The Creator of man, the Second Person of the Divine Trinity, stooped to make mud, much like man’s original creation in the beginning.  He can make mud and He can fashion it any way He chooses.  But man can judge Him by man’s religion and condemn His creative intervention into our world of darkness.  In a world of dust and dirt and precious little spiritual water, He spits on the ground He made and does something wonderful.  Which religion condemns. (to be continued)

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Posted by on March 24, 2017 in religion


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