Powered by 4 - March 27, 2012


Eye Opener at Siloam

today's reading.
John 9     As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?...

the blog.
Last Friday our tour group spent the day in Jerusalem visiting the ruins of the City of David and then, just below it, the ruins of the Pool of Siloam. (Take a look at some of the photos on my blog.) Jesus comes across a man who had been blind from birth in John 9:1-41. Jesus spits in the dirt, makes mud and then puts the mud on the blind man's eyes and tells him "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam." The man does exactly as Jesus says and his eyesight is restored.

Pretty amazing, don't you think? Well the Pharisees, don't see it that way at all. They're way more interested in, and worked up about, Jesus healing on the Sabbath. So the Pharisees aggressively confront the healed man and they basically try to discredit Jesus and get him to say that Jesus is a sinner. But the healed man stands his ground. He knows what he experienced and he's going to tell it like it is. As a result, the Pharisees cast him out of the synagogue. Harsh.

So what did you learn from the healed man's actions and words? What did John 9:1-41 show you about standing up for Jesus? Tami W.

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