- John 9:11-15
- John 9:11 (KJB)
- He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed
mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went
and washed, and I received sight.
- The man gives a full answer as to how the events had transpired. Jesus
made the clay, applied it to my eyes, and then commanded me to go to the
pool of Siloam and wash, then as I washed, I was able to see. He left no
details out so this way it proved who he was plus he identified Jesus as his
healer. He did not know at this point who Jesus was, all he knew was that he
was once blind but now he saw.
- John 9:12 (KJB)
- Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not.
- Then they asked him if they knew where He had gone? Of course, since the
man was blind when he first met Jesus, he did not know where Jesus went or
even what He looked like, so he would be unable to point Jesus out.
- John 9:13 (KJB)
- They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.
- It was customary to show oneself to the priests if a notable miracle or
healing has happened. This way you would be declared clean and would be
allowed to join or rejoin the Temple services. They probably also brought
him to the Pharisees for the purpose of getting some theological opinions on
the matter. They wanted to know if they knew who walked among them with such
power to heal even blind eyes from birth.
- John 9:14 (KJB)
- And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his
- The Pharisees were not concerned about the fact that this man was healed
from blindness but all they focused in on was the fact that it was done on
the Sabbath. Jesus also healed the man at the pool of Bethesda on the
Sabbath in John 5. Jesus had faced the same mindset. They were not concerned
that the man was healed after 38 years of infirmity, their focus was on the
fact that Jesus healed him on the Sabbath.
- John 9:15 (KJB)
- Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight.
He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.
- Now he is questioned by the Pharisees as to how he regained his sight.
The man then goes into the procedure once again but shortens the account. He
probably sensed there was an air of opposition and contention concerning
Jesus who did the miracle on the Sabbath. Here the Pharisees could have
claimed that both had violated the Sabbath. Jesus made the clay which would
have been a work and the man went and washed which would have been a work.
This is religion at its best when it opposes the true work of God.