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10/22/14 – God: Reveals Himself to Everyone

Published: Wednesday, 22 October 2014 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

All of the following Bible passages come from the Book of John, Chapter 9.

It is one of my all time favorite stories from the Bible.  If you have not read this story from your own Bible, I strongly encourage you to read the entire story.  It is a fascinating story loaded with spiritual growth items.  This week I want to track the life of the man who was born blind to see how Jesus revealed Himself just like He would today.

9:7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means Sent.)  So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

Although the Bible does not say so, I am confident that the blind man had either heard of Jesus or parts of the conversation between Jesus and His disciples about himself.  The blind man was obedient and did as Jesus said.  I think it is important that Jesus has introduced Himself to the blind man just as He does to every single living human being.  Jesus, in His own way, says I am who I say I am.  Now, it’s up to the blind man and every other single human being to come to a faith in Jesus.  When Jesus is introduced to a child, the child almost always has accepting faith in believing Jesus.  It is only when the child is older that skepticism and doubts come in to his mind.  The grown-up child and/or adult now begins to think on his or her own about whether Jesus exists or not and whether he is who he says he is.  This is why there is so much skepticism in the late teens and twenties about God.

 

9:9-12 Some claimed that he was.  Others said, “No, he only looks like him.” But he himself insisted, “I am the man.”  ‘How then were your eyes opened?” they demanded.  He replied, “ the man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes.  He told me to go to Siloam and wash.  So I went and washed, and then I could see.” 

People began to question the validity of the healed blind man.  They have known about him and his daily begging just to get by in life.  Always in this world, people will question the miracles of God.  Thomas Jefferson, one of our founding fathers, composed his own Bible by removing all references to miracles and healings.  People will go to any lengths to keep only the knowledge that only they can accept and believe as part of their own lives.  If a person declares that there are no miracles, then that person has declared a boundary on their own human intellect that no one else can change.  To me, this is a great restriction to the potential of human knowledge.  But, that’s another story.  The people doubted that this was the same man who was born blind.  Thomas Jefferson would be right in the middle of them protesting that the man was actually blind.  The man insisted that he was and credited a man named Jesus for the ability to see.  As you read this, watch the man’s faith begin to take root and grow into a full knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  This is precisely how every single human being has come to the same depth of faith in God.  At the same time, watch the scoffers grow in their unbelief.

9:16-17 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.”   But others asked, “How can a sinner do such miraculous signs?”  So they were divided.  Finally they turned again to the blind man, “what have you to say about him?  It was your eyes he opened?”  The man replied, “He is a prophet.” 

Nothing has changed.  Some people believe there is a God and others do not.  This is a huge point of God’s requirements for salvation…each person must give an accounting of themselves before Him!  No one can blame anyone else for their loss of a relationship with God.  God allows each person to decide what kind of relationship they will have with God.  Don’t miss this in your own life.  Also note that the blind man is growing in his faith.  The man Jesus is now a prophet.  This is identical to every single human being in their growth in faith and belief in God.  It grows and must always be growing!

In the story in Chapter 9, there is an interlude where the Pharisees interview the parents.  I hope you read it.

9:24-25 A second time they [Pharisees] summoned the man who had been blind.  “Give glory to God, “ they said, “We know this man is a sinner.”  He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know.  One thing I do know, I was blind but now I see!” 

This is the same thing that has happened throughout the history of man and continues today.  People are more naturally inclined to put their faith in their own senses and not those that actually occur in front of their eyes.  The Creation of the Universe(s) continues to astound all scientists, but they will only accept a theory or a principle or belief in their own understanding with no regard for the existence of God.  Highly intelligent human beings would rather create a theory of how life began on Mars and blew via solar winds the necessary building blocks for life to earth.  I am not making this up! The blind man who can now see states it very clearly, “I was blind, but now I see!”  It’s like saying, “There were no universes, and now there are millions of universes.  What happened?”

9:30-34 The man answered, “Now that is remarkable!  You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.  We know that God does not listen to sinners.  He listens to the godly man who does his will.  Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind.  If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”  To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!  And they threw his out. 

I had to add this dialog between the man and the Pharisees, because the man is using logic to prove that the man who healed him had to come from God.  This is another clear sign of growing faith.  God gives people a logical argument about Himself and some people will even doubt that logic because they refuse to believe in the spiritual.  Does your faith grow constantly?

9:35-38 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”  “Who is he, sir?”  the man asked.  “Tell me so that I may believe in him.”  Jesus said, “You have now seen him, in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”  Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshipped him. 

AMEN!!  PRAISE THE LORD!!  If you are a Believer, you will be able to talk with this man in heaven.  His growth in faith is exactly what every Believer should be experiencing.  When confronted with skeptics, doubters, and scoffers, our faith in God should be so strong that the intellect and logic of those unbelievers should border on being ridiculous.  I hope your faith is growing like this man born blind.  I hope you can see God’s work in this man’s life to show you your faith today.  A Believer’s faith should never be questioned when you consider that Creator God proves Himself moment by moment and day by day in all of the things that man can sense.

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