Eyes to See- AJ Iovino

Posted: August 31, 2012 in Devotionals & Bible Studies
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Eyes to See

Anthony Iovino 8-30-12

 

ILLUSTRATION:

5729 Moody’s “Saints” Stayed In Church

At a church where D. L. Moody was invited to preach, he was warned that some of the congregation usually left before the end of the sermon.

When Mr. Moody rose to begin his sermon, he announced, “I am going to speak to two classes of people this morning: first to the sinners, and then to the saints.”

He proceeded to address the “sinners” for awhile, then said they could leave. For once every member of the congregation stayed to the end of the sermon.

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Scripture -John 9:1-41

 

Time and time again the Pharisees questioned Jesus about the miracles he performed: healing on the Sabbath and where did he receive his authority from in order to perform these miracles.  In John chapter 9:1-41, Jesus heals a man born blind.  This man is healed on the Sabbath.  Immediately the Pharisees question the blind man and his parents, “they investigate the healing.”  I always thought the purpose of an investigation was to uncover the truth?  Were the Pharisees interested in the truth?  No, they were not.  They continually looked for a reason to arrest, stone and kill Jesus.

The healing of the blind man in John Chapter 9 also brought division amongst the Pharisees, (see John 9:16).

16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.”

 The Pharisees now sent for the man’s parents in order to see if this man was truly their son.  The parents, being afraid that they would be put out of the synagogue admitted he was their son and that he was in-fact born blind.  But that is as far as they would go.  The blind man was brought before the Pharisees a second time to be questioned about the healing.  He says, “I was blind and now I see.”  The Pharisees become indignant and totally miss what took place.  Were they afraid that they would have to give up their status or importance in the community if they admitted a miracle had taken place?  I believe that this was partly the case, but the real reason was hard hearts, blinded (Ephesians 4:18) and stiff necks (Acts 7:51).  The man was healed of his blindness that was a fact. 

 

Ephesians 4:18-

18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.

Acts 7:51-

51 “You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit!

Cross references:

  1. Ephesians 4:18 : Dt 29:4; Ro 1:21
  2. Ephesians 4:18 : Eph 2:12
  3. Ephesians 4:18 : 2Co 3:14

 

When questioned by Jesus, the man accepts Christ as the Son of Man.  Jesus knew the blind man would see and the Pharisees would not see the miracle, in effect, becoming blind.  He knew their hearts. 

35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”

36 “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.”

37 Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”

38 Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.

In John chapter 10:25-26, we see that Jesus is the only way.  Unbelief will prevent you from being one of His sheep. 

25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep.

The Jewish leaders had witnessed Jesus’ miracles, yet they still hated Him and wanted to kill Him, Why?  (John 15:24).

24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father.

 This fulfilled what was written in Jewish Law:  (Psalm 35:19).

19 Do not let those gloat over me
    who are my enemies without cause;
do not let those who hate me without reason
    maliciously wink the eye.

Devo-Eyes to See- 8-30-12


[1]Tan, Paul Lee: Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations : A Treasury of Illustrations, Anecdotes, Facts and Quotations for Pastors, Teachers and Christian Workers. Garland TX : Bible Communications, 1996, c1979

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Comments
  1. Rob Peters says:

    The blind man would see and the Pharisees seeing the miracle became blind.

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