Asking the Wrong Question

A second time they 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!”

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?”  John 9:26, 27.

The Jews’ assertion that Jesus was a sinner was an assumption not something they could prove.  In fact, if you look just a few verses before this in John 8:46, you’ll read Jesus challenging them on this very subject.  They couldn’t but they stubbornly refused to acknowledge that may be, just may be, they were wrong.

The former blind man blew their argument out of the water by just simply stating the facts:  I was blind but now I see!  A truth this obvious is not something you can argue effectively against without firm proof to the contrary.  Yet they persisted in their quest to discredit Jesus—or may be it was something more rudimentary like fixating on the discussion rather than the reality.  Intellectuals play this game of hypothesis all the time which keeps the  practical application at bay.

Since the Jews couldn’t dissuade him about Jesus’ ability, they used another tact by rephrasing the questions.  The former blind man must have realized their disinterest and challenged them on it.  He accused them of not listening, although I’m sure they remembered every word he said, but it was their inability to take what he said to heart is the real point he was making here.  They heard and understood his words but refused to let them change anything about their grasp of truth.

I can’t decide whether his question about their desire to be Christ’s disciples too was said in sarcasm or sincerity.  The contentious nature of the discussion so far would lead me to think the former—the man wasn’t stupid by any means.  A person who lives their life blind learns to hear exceptionally well to the point they recognize nuances many of us miss.  The life of beggers depended on the ability to quickly recognize the mood of those coming past for not only their livelihood but sometimes their lives.  Growing up in the Jewish community, even though he was considered an outcast because of his condition, he understood how things worked, since no one paid any attention to him as a person (to most he would be nearly invisible or non-existent) he would have heard many a conversation informing him of how things were.  His understanding would have extended to knowing the priests, Levites and various sects pretty well; which ones gave the most or least.  So I don’t think he was fooled by the sophisticated methods of the Jews questioning him.  He knew they weren’t willing to believe by the tone of their interrogation.

Neither do I think any amount of pressure could have persuaded this man to give up Jesus.  His heart was fixed on His healer, Savior and Master—He wouldn’t have known Jesus was God just yet.  His arguments were simply put yet completely effective to the point that those trying to dissuade him couldn’t counter them and so resorted to insults and social pressure.  Yet the Pharisees, having never been disabled, could not have understood the power a miracle of this magnitude would have over someone in his condition.

The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools.  Ecclesiastes 9:17.

This, then, is the lesson we can draw from the story at this point:  we don’t have to be theologians or highly educated to be effective in our testimony; all we need to say is  “I once was blind but now I see!”


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One Response to “Asking the Wrong Question”

  1. tlc4women Says:

    Our testimony and the good news is really the best way to lead people to Christ.

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