|The Man Born Blind
Does God Hear Sinners
|And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples
asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
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
The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is
not this he that sat and begged? Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he
said, I am he.
Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?
He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and
said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received
Then said they unto him, Where is he?
He said, I know not. They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind. And it
was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.
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.
They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine
He said, He is a prophet.
But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his
sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight. And they asked them,
saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?
His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born
blind: But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we
know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.
These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed
already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the
synagogue. Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.
Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him,
Dost thou believe on the Son of God?
He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?
And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.
And he said, Lord, I believe.
And he worshipped him.
And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might
see; and that they which see might be made blind.
And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are
we blind also?
Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see;
therefore your sin remaineth. (KJV)
Jesus Healed the Man Born Blind on the Sabbath
The one objection that the Pharisees, in particular, had against Jesus was that He healed on the
Sabbath. The man born blind was healed on the Sabbath as well.
The Pharisees Thought Jesus a Sinner
Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner. Things that are general knowledge are
not always true. Rumors and assumptions are not always true.
(Hebrews 4:14-15) Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the
heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest
which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like
as we are, yet without sin. (KJV)
(Exodus 23:2) Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause
to decline after many to wrest judgment: (KJV)
Him He Heareth
There are two qualifications given here of those whom God hears, or perhaps a better term would
Worshipper of God
A worshipper is one who recognizes the existence of God (a theist); recognizes what God
has done, does, and will do; and who praises Him as He has prescribed.
(John 4:20-24) Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the
place where men ought to worship. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour
cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye
worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the
hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in
truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him
must worship him in spirit and in truth. (KJV)
Doeth His Will
One cannot live in rebellion, and expect blessings. Obedience to the will of God, not only in
worship, but in life is necessary. Holiness, godliness, and righteousness are required.
(Titus 2:11-14) For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously,
and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of
the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem
us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. (KJV)
(Galatians 5:22-25) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness,
goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are
Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us
also walk in the Spirit. (KJV)
(James 5:16-17) Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be
healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man
subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained
not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. (KJV)
(1 Peter 1:13-17) Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for
the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient
children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he
which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is
written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons
judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: (KJV)
(1 John 1:5-7) This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you,
that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him,
and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the
light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us
from all sin. (KJV)
Heareth Not Sinners
Those living in rebellion cannot expect answers to their prayers. Ungodliness and worldly lusts –
the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life – everything that falls into the category
of being bad, wicked or evil.
(Proverbs 15:29) The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the
(Proverbs 28:9) He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be
(Isaiah 1:15) And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when
ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. (KJV)
(Micah 3:4) Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his
face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings. (KJV)
(1 Corinthians 6:9-11) Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?
Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor
abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers,
nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are
washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the
Spirit of our God. (KJV)
(Galatians 5:19-21) Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery,
fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations,
wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like:
of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such
things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (KJV)
(1 John 2:15-17) Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love
the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh,
and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the
world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.