A Short Study in John 9:1-12

12.07.17 | by Alan Giles

    A Short Study on John 9:1-12

    First, read John 9:1-12 and then spend some time working through the following questions.


    SETTING THE SCENE

    Do you know anyone who is blind? What kind of limitations or hardships does blindness create in life? Do you know of anyone who has ever been completely cured of blindness?

    In the first century, what was the life of a blind man like?

    What kind of job could he do?

    If you were to lose your sight, what one thing you would miss the most?

    If you were blind and there was a cure, what would you be willing to sacrifice in order to be able to see again?

    SOME THEOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS

    Who initiates this encounter (vs 1)

    What prominent belief about sin and sickness did Jesus’ disciples allude to concerning the blind man? How does Jesus’ response deal with their ideas? (vs 2-3)

    What was off about the disciples theology when it came to sin and sickness? Is there any fundamental truth to their thinking or did they miss the mark completely with their question? (vs 2-3)

    REAL LIFE APPLICATION

    How does the reality of this man being born blind for the purposes Jesus describes fly in the face of today’s day in age in which we can do genetic “screening” to see if a child may or may not have potential birth defects and therefore be “worth” a woman carrying all the way until birth?

    READING BETWEEN THE LINES

    Read carefully Jesus’ comments in verses 4-5. What did Jesus mean when He referred to it being day?  (Some versions do not have this phrase but simply say things must be done quickly. Why?)

    What did the night falling represent?

    What is the significance of Jesus’ "I am" statement in verse 5 in relation to man’s condition and the miracle about to take place?

    How might the following passage be tied to this one?
    Matthew 5:14-16

    RESPONSES TO THE MESSIAH

    What is the struggle of the people upon seeing the man healed? (vs 8-12)

    What questions do his neighbors and other who have seen him begging ask?

    Why are they discussing his identity instead of the miracle?

    AN INTERESTING WAY TO READ THE CONCLUSION
    (A Fun Exercise for Young & Old Alike)

    Read the rest of this chapter (given below) as a script. There are six roles so you will either need six people or you will need to a few people to take more than one role.

    Here are the roles:
    - - Narrator - -
    - - Neighbors and Witnesses - -
    - - Blind Man - -
    - - Parents of the Blind Man - -
    - -  Pharisees Group A - -
    - - Pharisees Group B - -

    (John 9:8–34, ESV)
    - - Narrator - -
    The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar were saying,

    - - Neighbors and Witnesses - -
    “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?”

    - - Narrator - -
    Some said,

    - - Neighbors and Witnesses - -
    “It is he.”

    - - Narrator - -
    Others said,

    - - Neighbors and Witnesses - -
    “No, but he is like him.”

    - - Narrator - -
    He kept saying,

    - - Blind Man - -
    “I am the man.”

    - - Narrator - -
    So they said to him,

    - - Neighbors and Witnesses - -
    “Then how were your eyes opened?”

    - - Narrator - -
    He answered,

    - - Blind Man - -
    “The man called Jesus made mud and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed and received my sight.”

    - - Narrator - -
    They said to him,

    - - Neighbors and Witnesses - -
    “Where is he?”

    - - Narrator - -
    He said,

    - - Blind Man - -
    “I do not know.”

    - - Narrator - -
    They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind.

    Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. So the Pharisees again asked him how he had received his sight.

    And he said to them,

    - - Blind Man - -
    “He put mud on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.”

    - - Narrator - -
    Some of the Pharisees said,

    - -  Pharisees Group A - -
    “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.”

    - - Narrator - -
    But others said,

    - -  Pharisees Group B - -
    “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?”

    - - Narrator - -
    And there was a division among them.

    - - Narrator - -
    So they said again to the blind man,

    - -  Pharisees Group A - -
    “What do you say about him, since he has opened your eyes?”

    - - Narrator - -
    He said,

    - - Blind Man - -
    “He is a prophet.”

    - - Narrator - -
    The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight and asked them,

    - -  Pharisees Group B - -
    “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?”

    - - Narrator - -
    His parents answered,

    - - Parents of the Blind Man - -
    “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. But how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.”

    - - Narrator - -
    (His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess Jesus to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue.)

    - - Narrator - -
    Therefore his parents said,

    - - Parents of the Blind Man - -
    “He is of age; ask him.”

    - - Narrator - -
    So for the second time they called the man who had been blind and said to him,

    - -  Pharisees Group A - -
    Give glory to God. We know that this man is a sinner.”

    - - Narrator - -
    He answered,

    - - Blind Man - -
    “Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”


    - - Narrator - -
    They said to him,

    - -  Pharisees Group B - -
    “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”

    - - Narrator - -
    He answered them,

    - - Blind Man - -
    “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?”

    - - Narrator - -
    And they reviled him, saying,

    - -  Pharisees Group B - -
    “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.”

    - - Narrator - -
    The man answered,

    - - Blind Man - -
    “Why, this is an amazing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”

    - - Narrator - -
    They answered him,

    - -  Pharisees Group B - -
    “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?”

    - - Narrator - -
    And they cast him out.

    ...Selah...


    Worship Songs for Sunday:

    Holy Spirit

    Come Ye Sinners (A cool re-mix version)

     From The Inside Out


    *Resources Used

    • Clear Creek Study Questions, Yancey Arrington
    • Cornerstone, Coalgate OK, David Unsell
    • Eagle Christian Church, Dr. Steve Crane