Monday, March 9, 2020
“We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is” (John 9:29 KJV).
Unbelief! Unwarranted! Unreasonable!
The Lord Jesus, exiting the Jerusalem Temple, sees a man who has been blind from birth (verse 1): “ 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.  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.”
According to verse 14, it is the Sabbath Day, Saturday. The Pharisees are outraged! Jewish law—rabbinical tradition—forbids rendering medical aid on the Sabbath unless it is a life-threatening case! Keep reading: “ 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.  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.”
Read verses 17-23. Even after firmly establishing a miracle had occurred—that the man had been blind since birth, and that Jesus had given him sight—these Israeli religious leaders are unconvinced concerning Jesus as Christ. Verse 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.” They remain in unbelief—right to the very end of the chapter. In today’s Scripture, they even allege that Moses was from God, but they cannot discern whether or not Jesus is. They never personally knew Moses—he lived 15 centuries earlier—but they were more willing to hear him than Jesus whom they saw and heard face-to-face! What absurdity!