John 9:18-23 – The Jews then did not believe it about him, that he had been blind and had received sight, until they called the parents of the very one who had received his sight, 19 and they questioned them, saying, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? Then how does he now see?” 20 His parents then answered and said, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; 21 but how he now sees, we do not know; or who opened his eyes, we do not know. Ask him; he is of age, he will speak for himself.” 22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already reached the decision that if anyone confessed Him to be Christ, he was to be excommunicated from the synagogue. 23 It was for this reason that his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”
“The Jews then did not believe it about him, that he had been blind and had received sight, until they called the parents of the very one who had received his sight.” The Jews chose, of their own free will, to not believe that this man was a man that had been born blind and was miraculously healed. Even more so they refused to allow that Jesus was someone from God who did the miracle. The implications of believing that meant too much. Of course we see the same kind of self-imposed blindness, through obstinacy, even today. We see the supposed great minds of “scientists” and/or atheists who declare there is no God. God declares that the person who says in his heart that there is no God is a fool. (Psalm 14:1) The Lord declares this not because someone is mentally deficient but because they are, of their own free will, self-deceived. Such a person is like a person who convinces himself that he can launch himself off a thousand foot cliff, without aid of any equipment and survive a freefall onto rocks below. The man who jumps off the cliff knows he will die, but only the insane man believes he will live. The man who says there is no God does not, in the depth of his heart and mind, believe that, but for any of a variety of reasons, forces that belief unto his own heart and mind. All people, at the core of their being, even if a lot of trash in thrown on top, believe in the existence God. They convince themselves otherwise, but don’t you let them deceive you also. They know that God exists but refuse to let that knowledge see a sliver of daylight. These Jews had seen this man themselves. They had a lot of witnesses that it was the same man blind man and they had the man himself who told him that he was him. They simply, not because the facts lead them to believe so, just refused to believe.
Under an overload of evidence they still dragged the parents out to testify that the man was their son and that yes indeed he had been born blind. They did not only want to know if the man had been blind but if he had been born blind. After all, even the man himself may not be able to testify to that but only that for all his life, as he remembers, he was blind. But his parents however could testify as to whether or not he had been born blind and they did indeed give that testimony. So the Jews had not believed that this was a man who was born blind “until” the man’s parents testified that he had been. To the Jews this was of great importance. They believed that a man who had been born seeing but had lost his sight could regain his sight. However for a man born blind to suddenly see had to be a miracle of God. Jesus had testified that He was from God, and even God Himself. but they had rejected Him. (Matthew 26:63-64, John 8:58, 5:18) So whether or not he was blind from birth was important to them. They hoped for something to hold out as some kind of evidence against the miracle. They found none.
“19 and they questioned them, saying, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? Then how does he now see?” 20 His parents then answered and said, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; 21 but how he now sees, we do not know; or who opened his eyes, we do not know. Ask him; he is of age, he will speak for himself.” 22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already reached the decision that if anyone confessed Him to be Christ, he was to be excommunicated from the synagogue. 23 It was for this reason that his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.” His parents were smart. They gave brief and direct answers. Yes, he is our son. Yes he was born blind. They could say that they heard Jesus was the one who healed their son, but they were not there and could not be a direct witness of that. So they heard that Jesus healed him but they could not testify that they saw the healing. They certainly could not explain how Jesus did that. Just the facts.
Why didn’t the parents elaborate more or praise the Lord. These people could not be a witness at a trial in modern day courts. Imagine sitting on a jury and then hear that the witnesses were testifying under duress to not speak the whole truth because the prosecution had threatened them. Well, the judge and jury would then be suspect of the prosecution and the testimony of the witness would instantly be thrown out. The Jewish authorities had already threatened to excommunicate anyone who said Jesus was a prophet, a man from God. Now this was a serious threat in that day. There weren’t multiple temples in their city. All their close friends and their relatives went to the same temple and would be under orders to not talk to and associate with them anymore. Even more, these priests would order the people to not do business with the excommunicated. So these people were under a powerful threat that all the people were under. They didn’t want to throw their son “under the bus” but they also were afraid of their priests. They had no answers. Yes there were afraid. They told the Jewish authorities to talk to their son. The parents hoped their son would answer wisely. The son surely was not offended. It was a natural thing to expect them to do. They parents did not advocate for Jesus, but they did not defame Him either. Sometimes that is what we are expected to do as we see in Ephesians 6:10-18. That under heavy attack from the enemy, don’t give ground but stand firm in the Lord. There are times to advance and sometimes, while in the battle, the wise thing to do is stand firm and wait for relief from the Lord. So it is easy to question how faithful the parents were to their child, but we weren’t there. True they didn’t attack on their son’s behalf, but they didn’t back down from the truth they knew. Can we say that every time that Christ has been defamed or assailed we rose to defend Him? In all work situations and social occasions? These parents did their best they thought they could do. Praise the Lord for giving us His Spirit to strengthen us and give us the right words at the right time. Yes, praise the Lord. I think most of us have a time or two when we wished we had been bolder for the Lord. Yes, praise the Lord for His patience with us. Praise the Lord!
Psalm 150:6 – Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!
Micah 7:7 – But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will Hear me.
Micah 6:8 – He has shown you, Oh man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
Numbers 6:24-26 – The Lord bless you and keep you; 25 The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; 26 The Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.This entry was posted in Devotion and tagged Ephesians, John, Matthew, Micah, Numbers, Psalm by Bob with