John 9:1-3 And as Yeshua (Jesus) passed by, He saw a man which was blind from his birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Yeshua (Jesus) answered, Neither has this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of G-d should be made manifest in him.
Sometimes sin causes illness. However, in this case the man was born blind so that Yeshua could heal him and demonstrate His divine nature.
Our Hebrew letter for this chapter is “tet”- objective good. G-d was going to use his blindness so the work of G-d could be seen.
John 9:4 I must work the works of Him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
Who sent Yeshua? He was sent by G-d the Father
John 9:5 As long as I AM in the world, I AM the light of the world.
Again we see Yeshua proclaiming His deity.
John 9:6-14 When He had said this, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said to him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) And so he went away, and washed, and came back seeing. The neighbors therefore, and those who previously saw him as a beggar, were saying, "Is not this the one who used to sit and beg?" Some said, this is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he. Therefore said they to him, How were your eyes opened? He answered and said, A man that is called Yeshua (Jesus) made clay, and anointed my eyes, and said to me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight. Then said they to him, Where is he? He said, I do not know. They brought to the Pharisees him who was formerly blind. And it was the Sabbath day when Yeshua (Jesus) made the clay, and opened his eyes.
Again Yeshua healed on the Sabbath
John 9:15-16 Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said to them, He put clay upon my eyes, and I washed, and do see. Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of G-d, because He does not keep the Sabbath day. Others said, how can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.
Yeshua is accused of being a sinner. This is a false judgment.
John 9:17 They said to the blind man again, What do you say about Him, that He has opened your eyes? He said: He is a prophet.
He is declared to be a prophet by the blind man.
John 9:18 But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.
John 9:19-22 And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who you say was born blind? how then does he now see? His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind: But by what means he now sees, we do not know ; or who has opened his eyes, we do not know: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.
His parents are called in to testify that he was truly blind and how he received his sight. They testified that he was born blind. However, they do not know how he received his sight. They said he is of age. This means he was past 13 years old and was able to answer for himself.
His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed, that if anyone should confess Him (Yeshua) to be Mashiach (Christ), he should be put out of the synagogue.
Some times there is a price to be paid when we stand up for what we believe. This is often the case when one accepts Yeshua as their Mashiach. It is better to accept the persecution of this world than the wrath of G-d in the next.
John 9:23-25 For this reason his parents said, "He is of age; ask him." So a second time they called the man who had been blind, and said to him, "Give glory to G-d; we know that this man (Yeshua) 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 blind man is a picture of all of us. We are all born spiritually blind. When Yeshua reaches down and touches our lives, our spiritual eyes are healed and we see and understand things that were previously hidden to us. Faith is not blind, however, and not just built on emotion. Knowledge is also required. We do not close our minds when coming to G-d.
John 9:26-27 Then they asked him, "What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?" He answered, "I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become His disciples, too?"
So many today want to argue that Yeshua is not the Messiah. I believe that they are really trying to convince themselves so that they do not have to answer to Him.
John 9:28-29 Then they hurled insults at him and said, "You are this fellow's disciple! We are disciples of Moses! We know that G-d spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don't even know where he comes from."
They claimed to be Moshe’s disciples. Yet they did not heed Moshe’s words. Jeremiah’s words from G-d were also unheeded.
John 9:30 The man answered and said to them, "Well, here is an amazing thing, that you do not know where He is from, and yet He opened my eyes.
The healed man had more spiritual discernment then these men. (Hardness of heart) He pulls no punches and tells tell them in John 9:33-34 “If this man were not from G-d, He could do nothing."
John 9:31-34 We know that G-d 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 G-d, he could do nothing." To this they replied, "You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!" And they threw him out.
They also falsely accused this man and blamed sin for his illness.
John 9:35-38 Yeshua (Jesus) heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, do you believe on the Son of G-d? He answered and said, who is He, L-rd that I might believe on Him? And Yeshua (Jesus) said to him, you have both seen Him, and it is He that talks with you. And he said, L-rd, I believe. And he worshipped Him.
The blind man worshipped Yeshua. G-d deserves to be worshipped. Note: Notice Yeshua did not say,” Don’t worship me.” Any prophet would have rebuked someone for trying to worship them.
John 9:39 And Yeshua (Jesus) said, "For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see; and that those who see may become blind."
Here Yeshua tells us that those who were supposed to be learned in the scriptures would become spiritually blind. Sadly this is still the case today.
John 9:40-41 Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, "What? Are we blind too?" Yeshua (Jesus) said, "If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.
These men heard what He said, but continued to ignore what He said so their sin remained. Only Yeshua can take away your sin.