Studies In The Book Of John
John 9:28-29 – “(28) Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples. (29) We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.”
A. They reviled [to reproach, rail at, revile, heap abuse upon; Thayer’s Lexicon] this man who was healed by Jesus (Isaiah 51:7 and Matthew 5:11).
1. They accused this man of being a follower of Jesus, but such was not true at this point (John 9:35-38).
2. Then, they ignorantly said they were followers of Moses as though you could follow Moses rather than Jesus (John 5:45-47).
3. Moses wanted people to follow Jesus (Deuteronomy 18:15-19; cf. Acts 3:19-26).
B. They were correct in saying that God spake unto Moses (Exodus 6:2, Exodus 33:11, and Leviticus 1:1).
1. Moses did not speak his own will (Numbers 16:28).
2. Jesus did not come doing His own will (John 6:38).
3. Jesus came in the name of God the Father (John 5:43).
a. The Father then gave greater authority to Jesus than Moses ever had (Matthew 17:1-5, Matthew 28:18, Luke 10:22, John 5:22-23, Ephesians 1:20-22, and Colossians 1:16-20).
b. While they wanted to cling to Moses, they needed to realize that Jesus was the true bread given to men by the Father (John 6:32; 35).
John 9:30-33 – “(30) The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes. (31) Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. (32) Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. (33) If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.”
A. This man was not as concerned about where Jesus came from, for he knew that Jesus performed a true miracle (Matthew 11:1-6).
1. By Jesus performing this miracle He proved that He is of God (Matthew 14:22-33, John 6:14, John 10:37-38, and Acts 2:22).
2. Even a Pharisee could see that the miracles of Jesus proved He was of God (John 3:1-2).
B. God does not hear sinners (II Chronicles 7:14, Proverbs 15:8, Proverbs 15:29, Proverbs 21:27, Isaiah 1:11-16, Jeremiah 14:10-12, Amos 5:21-24, I Timothy 2:8, and I Peter 3:12).
1. Our hearts have to be right for our prayers to be heard (Psalms 34:14-18 and Psalms 66:18-20).
2. Even if your actions were once right, if you turn from hearing and obeying the truth your prayers become an abomination (Proverbs 28:9 and Isaiah 59:1-3).
C. If a work is false and not of God, it comes to naught (Acts 5:34-39).
1. Jesus had performed a miracle that was unheard of. This should have caused rejoicing rather than reviling (Matthew 15:31).
2. There are certainly Old Testament Scriptures that discuss the blind seeing, but they are likely Scriptures referring to spiritual blindness (i.e. Isaiah 29:18, Isaiah 35:3-10, and Isaiah 42:16-20).
John 9:34 – “They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.”
A. They condemned this man as one being born in sin, which is a false charge (John 9:2-3).
1. No one is born a sinner nor does one take on the sins of another person (Deuteronomy 24:16, Ezekiel 18:19-20, Ezekiel 28:15, and Matthew 18:1-4).
2. Sin is an action, not a birth defect (Ecclesiastes 7:29, James 4:17, I John 3:4, and I John 5:17).
B. They took the “who are you to teach us” mentality (Isaiah 65:5).
1. We must be willing to accept and obey the truth regardless of the one who points us in the right direction (Proverbs 23:23 and Matthew 13:44-46; cf. Proverbs 12:1 and Proverbs 15:31-32).
2. On the other hand, that does not mean we have the right to go teaching the truth when our lives are not measuring up (Matthew 7:1-5 and Romans 2:1-24).
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