Monday, October 14, 2013

Some Things to Think About

1 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 6 After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. 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.
8 His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” 9 Some claimed that he was.
Others said, “No, he only looks like him.”
But he himself insisted, “I am the man.”
10 “How then were your eyes opened?” they asked.
11 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.”
39 Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”
40 Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?”
41 Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.
(John 9, Selected, NIV)

These events happened on the Sabbath. Walking the distance from where he (the blind man) was to the pool to wash and the act of washing itself were considered work, as interpreted by the religious leaders, and therefore sinful to do on the Sabbath. This blind man had a choice to make—He could do what Jesus said and be labeled a sinner and kicked out of the temple or refuse to obey the Lord of the Sabbath to adhere to the “rules” of the Sabbath. God’s ways are not man’s ways and often they seem to be diametrically opposed to what is considered acceptable. When faced with choosing to follow God or society, God or your superiors, God or the popular people…what do you do?

When God does something amazing, like give sight to the blind, we too often find it difficult to believe even when we see it with our own eyes. Even when we see we don’t want to accept it. Are we missing the amazing things God is doing right now in our midst because we aren’t looking? Are we missing God’s glory because we can’t reconcile it to what we understand even when we see it?

The Pharisees were the faithfully religious people of their time. They were the tithers of their church and the worship leaders. They were the trustees and the committee leaders. They were in church every Sabbath and attended mid-week small groups. They were the ones 0ut in the community talking about God’s glory, power and salvation. Yet Jesus himself tells us that they are the ones who are spiritually blind and their pathetic, arrogant claims to their spiritual superiority are the smoking gun that convicts them of their own sin. Are we so sure of what we know about God that we are not willing to look at it again in the light of God’s Word? When is the last time we ask God to convict us of our blindness and open our eyes to His way?

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