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Wednesday Walk into the Word
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOHN 요한복음 (part 10):
Though I was Blind, Now I See 내가 맹인으로 있다가 지금 보는 그것이니이다 (9:1-41)
EYES TO SEE THE WORKS OF GOD (9:1-7)
(Question #1) Jesus had just been nearly stoned at the temple for claiming that He existed before Abraham as God Himself (8:58-59). Somehow, He was able to slip out of that hostile temple area. As He passed by, who did Jesus see and what did His disciples ask about who He saw (verse 1-2)?
[*REFLECT #1a] Why was the man born blind (verse 3)? Concerning those born with disabilities today, why were they born that way? Why were you born with your weaknesses and disabilities (read 2 Corinthians 12:9)?
[*REFLECT #1b] Why must Jesus keep doing the works of God while it is day (see verse 4-5)?
[*REFLECT #1c] What is Jesus referring to with the day and night image – how night is coming, when no one can work?
[*REFLECT #1d] In what ways are we forfeiting the God-given opportunities of the day? What are the works of God needing to be displayed in your day before the night approaches?
[*REFLECT #1e] With what unusual method did Jesus heal this blind man (verse 6-7)?
[*REFLECT #1f] Why did Jesus heal this way? Think of how God created man (see Genesis 2:7) and the meaning of the pool of Siloam. When the man washed his eyes at the pool, what happened?
[*REFLECT #1g] How is this unusual way to heal a vivid portrait of the gospel (see Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10)?
[*REFLECT #1h] For this man, the work of God displayed for him was to be healed. What is still the work of God displayed even when the disabled are not healed? Even in disability, how can we still see and be sent?
EYES TO SEE AND DO THE WILL OF GOD (9:8-34)
(Question #2) What were the neighbors and those who had seen this once-blind-man as a beggar say (verse 8-9)?
[*REFLECT #2a] Its apparent that when Jesus opens our eyes to be washed and healed, others take notice. What are others taking notice and curious of you? Is it the cleansed life within you?
[*REFLECT #2b] When asked how his eyes were opened, how did he answer (verse 10-11)? When asked where his healer was, how did he answer (verse 12)?
[*REFLECT #2c] At times how do you know the how, but not the where? Where is Jesus in your life?
(Question #3) The neighbors brought the man to the Pharisees. Why could they not accept this healing, and what result among them (verse 13-16)?
[*REFLECT #3a] This disapproval is nothing new, for what did Jesus already say and warn these spiritual leaders to do (see 6:16-17 & 7:23-24)?
[*REFLECT #3b] What do you say about Jesus, since now He has opened your eyes (verse 17)?
(Question #4) These people now call for the man’s parents. When pressed about how their son now sees and who opened his eyes, why do they answer, “He is of age, ask him” (verse 18-23)? When have we guarded out reputation over standing for truth?
(Question #5) For the second time, they call the healed man. What is their concept of “giving glory to God” (verse 24)?
(Question #6) What is one thing this man knows (verse 25)? Even if all else unknown, what is the one thing you can know?
(Question #7) Unlike the hostile religious leaders, what does the man know about who healed him (verse 26-34)?
WASHED TO SEE THE SON OF MAN (9:35-41)
(Question #8) After the man is cast out of the synagogue, Jesus finds him. What does Jesus ask and claim to him (verse 35-37)?
(Question #9) When the man realizes his healer was the Son of Man (see Daniel 7:13-14), God’s promised Savior, what is his simple response (verse 38)? Why did Jesus come into the world (verse 39)? Why were the Pharisees blind (verse 40-41)?