Good on Suffering?

Thursday, August 3, 2021

True Blindness

9 1-2 Walking down the street, Jesus saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned: this man or his parents, causing him to be born blind?”

3-5 Jesus said, “You’re asking the wrong question. You’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do. We need to be energetically at work for the One who sent me here, working while the sun shines. When night falls, the workday is over. For as long as I am in the world, there is plenty of Light. I am the world’s Light.”

6-7 He said this and then spit in the dust, made a clay paste with the saliva, rubbed the paste on the blind man’s eyes, and said, “Go, wash at the Pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “Sent”). So the man went and washed—and saw.

8 Soon, the town was buzzing. His relatives and those who year, after year had seen him as a blind man begging, were saying, “Why, isn’t this the man we knew, who sat here and begged?”

9 Others said, “It’s him all right!”

But others objected, “It’s not the same man at all. It just looks like him.”

He said, “It’s me, the very one.”

10 They said, “How did your eyes get opened?”

11 “A man named Jesus made a paste and rubbed it on my eyes and told me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ I did what he said. When I washed, I saw.”

12 “So where is he?”

“I don’t know.”

-John 9:1-12 The Message.

Here is another act of Jesus by healing a man that is blind from birth.

Verse 1: As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth.

Verse 2: And His disciples asked Him, Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?”

Verse 3: Jesus: “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”

Verses 1-3 study: There are different reactions to Jesus.

  1. Surprised
  2. Skepticism
  3. Disbelief
  4. Prejudice

People kept quiet about Jesus, although they believed in Jesus. The reason is ex-communication (dismissal). The one thing the blind man showed all his life was consistency and growing faith. The common belief in Jewish culture was that calamity or suffering was the result of sin. So Christ can use a lot of us to teach us about faith and showing glory to God. Unfortunately, good behavior is not always rewarded in today’s world, and bad behavior is not always punished. So it makes us believe that innocent people always suffer. Think about this. If we always asked God to take away our pain and suffering, what do you think would happen to us? We would live comfortably, not out of love and devotion. We have reasons for our suffering, but Jesus has the power to deal with it. When you suffer from disease, tragedy, or disability, be encouraged not to ask why. Instead, ask God to give your strength and a good perspective as to why this is happening. 

Verse 4:  Jesus continues: “We must work the works of him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work.”

Verse 5: “While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.”

Verse 6: When He said this, He spat on the ground and made clay of the spittle, and applied the clay to his eyes,

Verse 7: And said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated to Sent). So he went away and washed and came back seeing.

Verse 8: “Therefore, the neighbors, and those who previously saw him as a beggar, were saying, “Is not this the one who used to sit and beg?”

Verse 9: “Others were saying, “This is he,” still others were saying, “No, but he is like him.” He kept saying, “I am the one.”

Verse 10: So they were saying to him, “How then were your eyes closed?”

Verse 11: “He answered, “The man who is called Jesus made clay, and anointed my eyes, and said to me, Go to Siloam and wash; so I went away and washed, and I received sight.”

Verse 12: They said to him, “Where is He?” He said, “I do not know.”

Verse 7 study: Hezekiah built the pool of Siloam. His workers built an underground tunnel from a spring outside the city walls to carry water. Because his people did this, the people could always get water without worrying about being attacked. It is essential during the times of siege (2 Kings 20:20, 2 Chronicles 32:30).

Father, thank you for our time today to read and study your word. Today, we talked about suffering and that not all of it is sin-related. I pray today that we can see things from a different light and understand love and respect. In Jesus’ name. Amen!