78 Jesus heals a man who was born blind.

John 9:1–41

How did the disciples know that the man had been blind since birth (John 9:1–2)?

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Why did the disciple think the man’s blindness had to have been caused by someone’s sin (John 9:2)?

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Why do people sometimes take God’s gifts for granted, not recognizing the magnitude of their value (John 9:3)?

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How much trouble might the disciples have had in understanding Jesus’ explanation of the man’s blindness (John 9:3)? What would the blind man have thought?

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What does Jesus being the “light of the world” have to do with the man’s blindness (John 9:4–5)?

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What is essential for us to be a light to the world (John 9:4–5)?

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Why didn’t Jesus heal the blind man without the command to “go wash” (John 9:6–7)?

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What, if anything, do you think the blind man knew about Jesus (John 9:6–7)?

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How much difficulty might the blind man have faced in getting to the pool (John 9:7)?

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When the blind man had washed and could see, what did he do next (John 9:7–8)?

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Why did people who knew the blind man question his identity (John 9:8–9)?

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Exactly what do you think the man said when he was asked how he received his sight (John 9:9–13)?

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What obligation did people follow in taking the healed man to the Pharisees (John 9:13–14)?

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Why were the Pharisees interested in what Jesus had done (John 13:15)?

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How might the healed man’s explanation of what happened have been different when he faced the Pharisees, compared to what he had said to his neighbors (John 13:15)?

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What created the great disagreement about Jesus among the Pharisees (John 9:16–17)?

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What was the difference in the nature of the follow-up question about the blind man’s healing (John 9:17)? How did they expect to benefit from the healed man’s answer?

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In identifying Jesus as a “prophet,” what was the healed man saying (John 9:17)?

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Why did the Jewish leaders seek the testimony of the healed man’s parents (John 9:18)?

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Why did the healed man’s parents limit their testimony (John 9:20–23)?

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Why did Jewish leaders need to call the blind man back for additional testimony (John 9:24)? What kind of testimony did they ask for?

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Why could the religious leaders not see what was obvious to the formerly blind man (John 9:25)?

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Why did Jewish leaders ask an already-asked-and-answered question (John 9:26)? What more did they hope to hear?

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Why was the healed man so bold in his testimony when his parents were not (John 9:27)?

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How did religious leaders compare themselves to the man who was born blind (John 9:28–29)?

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What was the difference between the healed man’s perspective and the religious leaders’ (John 9:30–34)?

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How might Jesus have located the man born blind (John 9:35)?

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Why was the healed man so eager to believe in someone he had never met (John 9:35–38)?

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How do you think John became aware of all that happened with the man born blind so he could write the story?

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What is the difference between being blind and thinking you can see (John 9:39–41)?

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As Jesus walked down the street, he saw a man who had been blind since birth.

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John 9:1 As Jesus walked down the street, he saw a man who had been blind since birth.
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John 9:1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.

His disciples said, “Teacher, why was this man born blind? Was his condition caused by the man’s sin or the sin of his parents?”

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John 9:2 His disciples said, “Teacher, why was this man born blind? Was his condition caused by the man’s sin or the sin of his parents?”
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John 9:2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

“Neither one. His blindness is not due to sin but was given so the works of God could be revealed in him. While we have daylight, we must do the work of the one who sent me, because the night will come when no one can work. For as long as I am here, I am the light of the world.”

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John 9:3–5 “Neither one. His blindness is not due to sin but was given so the works of God could be revealed in him. While we have daylight, we must do the work of the one who sent me, because the night will come when no one can work. For as long as I am here, I am the light of the world.”
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John 9:3–5 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

After saying this, Jesus spat on the ground, made mud from the saliva, and smeared the ointment on the blind man’s eyes. “Go wash in the Pool of Siloam,” he said. The meaning of the pool’s name was sent.

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John 9:6–7 After saying this, Jesus spat on the ground, made mud from the saliva, and smeared the ointment on the blind man’s eyes. “Go wash in the Pool of Siloam,” he said. The meaning of the pool’s name was sent. The man washed his eyes and came back, able to see.
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John 9:6–7 When he had thus spoken, 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 unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

The man washed his eyes and came back, able to see.

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John 9:7 “Go wash in the Pool of Siloam,” he said. The meaning of the pool’s name was sent. The man washed his eyes and came back, able to see.
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John 9:7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

His neighbors and others who knew him when he was blind said, “Is this the same man we used to see sitting and begging?” Some said, “Yes,” but others said, “No, he just looks like him.”

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John 9:8–9 His neighbors and others who knew him when he was blind said, “Is this the same man we used to see sitting and begging?” Some said, “Yes,” but others said, “No, he just looks like him.” But he said, “I am the man, all right.”
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John 9:8–9 The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged? Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.

But he said, “I am the man, all right.”

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John 9:9 Some said, “Yes,” but others said, “No, he just looks like him.” But he said, “I am the man, all right.”
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John 9:9 Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.

So they said to him, “How is it that you now can see?”

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John 9:10 So they said to him, “How is it that you now can see?”
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John 9:10 Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?

“A man called Jesus made mud and anointed my eyes. He said, ‘Go to the Pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I did, and now I can see.”

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John 9:11 “A man called Jesus made mud and anointed my eyes. He said, ‘Go to the Pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I did, and now I can see.”
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John 9:11 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.

“Where is this man?”

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John 9:12 “Where is this man?” “I don’t know,” he said.
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John 9:12 Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not.

“I don’t know,” he said.

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John 9:12 “Where is this man?” “I don’t know,” he said.
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John 9:12 Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not.

They took the formerly blind man to the Pharisees because Jesus had made the mud and healed him on the Sabbath. The Pharisees began their interrogation, asking how he had received his sight. He detailed how Jesus had anointed his eyes with mud, sent him to wash, and then he could see.

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John 9:13–15 They took the formerly blind man to the Pharisees because Jesus had made the mud and healed him on the Sabbath. The Pharisees began their interrogation, asking how he had received his sight. He detailed how Jesus had anointed his eyes with mud, sent him to wash, and then he could see.
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John 9:13–15 They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind. And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. 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.

Some said, “This Jesus cannot be from God, because he violates the Sabbath.” Others disagreed, saying, “How can a sinner do such miracles?” The controversy deepened. They could not reach an agreement about him. Again, they said to the man, “What do you have to say about the man who opened your eyes?”

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John 9:16–17 Some said, “This Jesus cannot be from God, because he violates the Sabbath.” Others disagreed, saying, “How can a sinner do such miracles?” The controversy deepened. They could not reach an agreement about him. Again, they said to the man, “What do you have to say about the man who opened your eyes?” “He is a prophet.”
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John 9:16–17 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them. They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.

“He is a prophet.”

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John 9:17 Again, they said to the man, “What do you have to say about the man who opened your eyes?” “He is a prophet.”
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John 9:17 They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.

The Jewish leaders did not believe the man had been blind until they heard the testimony of his parents. “Is this your son?” they said. “Do you affirm that he was born blind? Then how does he now see?”

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John 9:18–19 The Jewish leaders did not believe the man had been blind until they heard the testimony of his parents. “Is this your son?” they said. “Do you affirm that he was born blind? Then how does he now see?”
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John 9:18–19 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. And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?

His parents said, “Yes, he is our son. He was born blind. But we do not know how he can now see. We do not know who gave him his sight. He is of legal age, so ask him. He can speak for himself.” They answered in this way because the Jewish leaders had made it known that they would put out of the synagogue anyone who said Jesus was the Messiah.

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John 9:20–23 “Yes, he is our son. He was born blind. But we do not know how he can now see. We do not know who gave him his sight. He is of legal age, so ask him. He can speak for himself.” They answered in this way because the Jewish leaders had made it known that they would put out of the synagogue anyone who said Jesus was the Messiah. That’s why they said, “He is of age, so ask him.”
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John 9:20–23 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 seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself. These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue. Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.

For the second time, the Jewish leaders called the formerly blind man to appear before them. “Give God the glory for this miracle,” they said, “because we know this man Jesus is a sinner.”

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John 9:24 For the second time, the Jewish leaders called the formerly blind man to appear before them. “Give God the glory for this miracle,” they said, “because we know this man Jesus is a sinner.”
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John 9:24 Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.

“I do not know whether he is a sinner or not,” the man said. “Of one thing I am sure. I used to be blind. Now I can see.”

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John 9:25 “I do not know whether he is a sinner or not,” the man said. “Of one thing I am sure. I used to be blind. Now I can see.”
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John 9:25 He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.

They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”

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John 9:26 They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”
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John 9:26 Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?

“I already told you. Weren’t you listening? Why do you want to hear it all over again? Are you interested in becoming his disciples?”

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John 9:27 “I already told you. Weren’t you listening? Why do you want to hear it all over again? Are you interested in becoming his disciples?”
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John 9:27 He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples?

They cursed and ridiculed him. “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know God spoke to Moses. As for this man, we do not even know where he came from.”

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John 9:28 They cursed and ridiculed him. “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.
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John 9:28 Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses’ disciples.

“This is amazing. You do not know where he came from, but he healed my blind eyes. We know God does not listen to sinners. He listens to a man who worships him and does his will. Never in the world’s history has anyone heard of a man healing someone who was born blind. If this man did not come from God, he could do nothing.”

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John 9:30–33 “This is amazing. You do not know where he came from, but he healed my blind eyes. We know God does not listen to sinners. He listens to a man who worships him and does his will. Never in the world’s history has anyone heard of a man healing someone who was born blind. If this man did not come from God, he could do nothing.”
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John 9:30–33 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. Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.

“You were born a sinner,” they said. “Who are you to lecture us?” And they threw him out of the synagogue.

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John 9:34 “You were born a sinner,” they said. “Who are you to lecture us?” And they threw him out of the synagogue.
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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.

After hearing what had happened, Jesus found the man. “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”

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John 9:35 After hearing what had happened, Jesus found the man. “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”
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John 9:35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?

“Tell me who he is, sir, and I will believe in him.”

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John 9:36 “Tell me who he is, sir, and I will believe in him.”
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John 9:36 He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?

“You have already seen him,” Jesus said. “He is the one talking with you.”

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John 9:37 “You have already seen him,” Jesus said. “He is the one talking with you.”
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John 9:37 And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.

He knelt before Jesus. “Yes, I do believe, sir.”

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John 9:38 He knelt before Jesus. “Yes, I do believe, sir.”
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John 9:38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.

Jesus said, “I came to this world to bring people to a point of decision, to give sight to the blind and blindness to those who think they see.”

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John 9:39 Jesus said, “I came to this world to bring people to a point of decision, to give sight to the blind and blindness to those who think they see.”
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John 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

Some Pharisees overheard him. “Are you saying we are blind?”

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John 9:40 Some Pharisees overheard him. “Are you saying we are blind?”
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John 9:40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?

“If you were blind,” Jesus said, “you would be blameless. But because you say you can see, you remain blind.”

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John 9:41 “If you were blind,” Jesus said, “you would be blameless. But because you say you can see, you remain blind.”
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John 9:41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.