|Cause Of Illness
Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris
|John 9:1-41 KJV
(1) And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
(2) And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
(3) Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
(4) I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
(5) As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
(6) 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,
(7) 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.
(8) The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?
(9) Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.
(10) Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?
(11) 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 sight.
(12) Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not.
(13) They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.
(14) And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.
(15) 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.
(16) 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.
(17) They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.
(18) 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.
(19) And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?
(20) His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:
(21) 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.
(22) 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.
(23) Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.
(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.
(25) He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.
(26) Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?
(27) He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples?
(28) Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples.
(29) We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.
(30) The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes.
(31) Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.
(32) Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.
(33) If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.
(34) They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.
(35) 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?
(36) He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?
(37) And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.
(38) And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.
(39) 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.
(40) And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?
(41) Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.
The status of the cause of one man blindness, is often taken as doctrine in some groups of people. One has to beware that illness were also because of sin, but not in this case. The judgment of cause and effect on this man was not because of sin. His blindness was not because He was a sinner, but perhaps one can rationalize because of sin in the world. We live in world of ailments. Jesus healed many people. At the time of Isaiah king Hezekiah found himself on his death bed because of sin, yet he talked to the Lord. Moses sister Miriam found herself covered in leprosy because of sin. The idea of sin being caused by ailment was not completely wrong. Yet one can not judge why ailment is on someone, unless God has revealed it.
Fifty years of being blind, before being healed from an ailment from birth by Jesus is a miracle. Doctors might claim that type of miracle today as more knowledge of the medical field comes to be. Yet the problem comes is after fifty years how important was this manĎs sight. Well the man was a beggar and could not work a regular job. No He could of done of dishes but who would higher him. There were things he could do with training even in Bible days before all the modern conveniences we have today. Yet this man was beggar. A man that hope for the charity of others because of his blindness. His parents knew not how he was healed, perhaps because they were working or elsewhere at the time of the healing, however scripture also says they were afraid of the religious leaders.
Jesus healed a blind man from birth, a man full age to speak for himself of who Jesus was. The man was religious enough to know this man was at the least a prophet, but to determine whether he was a inner or not he knew not. Jesus did not judge him concerning his blindness. Jesus did not treat him as outcast. The question of the Pharisees was the fact Jesus healed on the Sabbath, and yet this man born blind beg on the Sabbath and now could see. The man born blind would of relied on acts of benevolence/charity given to him. Healing is an act of benevolence. By whose laws was Jesus a sinner, Roman, Jewish, or Godís law. Does God sin against his own law? Does God kill? God repented of making man, and also repented of destroying the whole earth. Jesus walked without sin, without killing anyone. Jesus raised the dead up and healed the sick. God provided serpents for Israel to test their faith in the wilderness. Anyone looking at the bronz serpent on the pole would be saved. The people got healed,
Are we in the hands of a angry God, or a Savior compassion on man? Punishment for sin is real. The act of faith that Jesus cleanses us from all sin, is a trust contract with God. Abraham knew from God that Israel would be enslaved 400 years later from the promise of deliverance to come. Yet one would have to understand Israel did not always trust their God. The man born blind understood his healing came from God and yet knew not who Jesus was. Jesus came and told him He was the Son of God. Did this man fail not knowing scripture that we all are sons and daughters of God. Yet there is only one begotten of the Father, but Jesus did not tell this man this.
Jesus demonstrated the compassion of God in a sinful world. In truth God should of destroyed man years ago because of evil, but He allowed man to live and thrive despite sin. Yet His judgment is coming for sin. This man born blind was born blind because that was just life. Not because of his parents or his sin. Jesus compassion was to heal the man born blind. The one is certain Godís compassion on faithful is healing that will last through eternity.
Dear Heavenly Father thank you for your healing power that will last through eternity for those of faith. In Jesus precious name, amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:
Revelation 21:3-5 KJV
(3) And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
(4) And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
(5) And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.