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This series on the subject of (supernatural) Healing (by faith, through prayer) is directly related to the person of Jesus Christ, and serves the following purpose(s):
-> to equip with Scriptural knowledge and understanding of God’s Truth
-> to build unshakeable faith that God is able and willing to heal in the Name of Jesus
-> to help explain some of the complexity involved and give some answers to “why not”
In last week’s Part 4 of “Jesus Healing” we started the study of the healing of the blind-from-birth in John chapter 9. We compared some of the basic elements of the healings of the 5 cases of Jesus healing blind people; we saw that each case was unique.
So it is true that God heals, and He is always willing and able to heal, but there are also many more factors to take into account when it comes to receiving healing by faith.
Today we continue the study of John chapter 9, to examine a few more of the principles that the Holy Spirit wants to teach us through that story – which is NOT just a simple story of a healing of a person who was born blind.
More than a historical report, ‘John 9’ fulfills the same purpose as the parables of Jesus in the Gospels: many of the events recorded there were appointed to happen to reveal to the world who Jesus was and is, as well as the goodwill of the Father.
The blind man did not ask for his eyes to be opened. As we read in the first 3 verses of the chapter last week, “as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth”.
So why did Jesus open up his eyes since He was not asked to do so? You may say because He had had compassion and wanted to help – yes! At the same time, this particular story was not recorded to reveal the compassion of Jesus, which was a central theme of other stories. This story was given to us to reveal, that…
Jesus is the Light of the world,
and, the One who judges Sin
John 9:4 “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. 5 “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
– in the closing of this story, at the end of the chapter, it is also written –
39 And Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.”
– this is the second major purpose of the story of ‘John 9’ = Judgment of Sin –
40 Then some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said to Him, “Are we blind also?” 41 Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains.”
These words show why God had appointed those events to take place. That man had been born blind so that Jesus would come up to him to:
-> use the healing of his eyes as a witness that He is indeed the light of the world who has come to give sight to the blind (not only those who are physically blind, but mainly those who are blind in the spirit – only through Jesus we can see the true Light of God).
-> judge the religious rulers for sin (this is one of the main points of today’s article – I will not go into great depth about it because it is not helpful when it comes to healing – it is however related, because until today it is still certain religious rulers who oppose and blaspheme the power of God, and so they become agents of Darkness who speak about the “God” of their own doctrines and ecclesiastical traditions, but practically block or hinder faith for His healing power – they are the modern “Pharisees” of Christianity).
Jesus used the healing of the man-blind-from-birth to confront the enemies of God, the agents of Darkness, who had had the outward appearance of God’s people, masquerading as priests, scribes and dedicated ones (i.e. the Pharisees).
God had appointed the story of ‘John 9’ to take place on a Sabbath, so that the religious demon of the Pharisees would manifest, so that He could judge them for their sin:
John 9:13 They brought him who formerly was blind to the Pharisees. 14 Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. 15 Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.”
16 Therefore some of the Pharisees said, “This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath.” Others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them.
17 They said to the blind man again, “What do you say about Him because He opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.”
When the Pharisees said “This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath”, they positioned themselves as enemies of the One true God. The “god” whom they claimed to believe in, by name was the “God of Israel” (God of the Bible). But in reality it was not the same “person” of God; it was a “god” of their own make-up.
Those religious leaders believed in a “god” of dead works and regulations, which were more important than doing good to a man on a Sabbath! That is another “god”.
The pool of Siloam
John 9:6 When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. 7 And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.
Jesus sent the blind man to wash his eyes in the pool of Siloam as a prophetic act that bore witness that He was indeed the Messiah – let’s see how:
There are 2 very important symbolisms related to the pool of Siloam:
– the water
– the name
The “washing of the water” is symbolic of the Word of God – in which there is power by His Spirit for regeneration (John 3:5) and sanctification (Ephesians 5:26).
The water of that pool was very important for the religious purposes of the Jews, because it was the water which was poured on the altar during the Feast of Tabernacles (which is about ‘God coming to dwell in the midst of His people’, which is Jesus).
The pool’s name “Siloam” is the Hellenised version of a Hebrew word “shiloah” (in verb form: to send). That is why in John 9:7 it says that it is translated as “sent (one)”. Jesus was sent from God, but there is more significance attached to the name.
We find that same word in a Messianic prophecy in Genesis 49:10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people.
Those words “until Shiloh comes” speak of Jesus – He is the Shiloh who was to come! Also Jeremiah refers to that same name in chapter 7 verse 12, where it is written that “God first set His Name at Shiloh”, which He called “My Place”.
The one who was blind gave witness to who Jesus was
John 9:24 So they again called the man who was blind, and said to him, “Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner.”
25 He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”
26 Then they said to him again, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?” 27 He answered them, “I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?”
28 Then they reviled him and said, “You are His disciple, but we are Moses’ disciples. 29 “We know that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where He is from.”
30 The man answered and said to them, “Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes! 31 “Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.
32 “Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. 33 “If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.”
34 They answered and said to him, “You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?” And they cast him out.
That man had been an uneducated beggar all his life! He could not have possibly learned how to speak the way he spoke in front of the religious leaders; having been a beggar all of his life, he could not possibly possess the boldness to raise up his voice to confront them with such powerful words – so he did not speak of his own…
Moreover, no man could even speak of his own such words “Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind” – only God could possibly know what has happened since the world began! Yet this man declared those words with boldness! It was not that man who spoke – it was God through him!
God gave witness concerning Jesus, through the opening of that man’s eyes and through his words to the religious leaders!
The purpose of the religious leaders was to belittle the glory and diminish the significance of the miracle that Jesus did – they wanted the blind man to agree that Jesus was a sinner… that is a blasphemy! Unfortunately, it still happens until today…
In response, God filled that man by His Spirit and confronted them with such power, that all they could do was to cast him out (an act of despair in this case).
Of course that man was not trying to teach them, as they said “you were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?” – he was only responding to them, but they were so convicted that his words sounded like an unwanted ‘teaching’ to them!
His words were received as a rebuke (which is really what it was!), which is why they cast him out! It was God’s rebuke, expressed by the mouth of that blind man. The healings of Jesus and His Truth cannot find any place in the hearts and lives of those who are possessed by a religious spirit (i.e. demon)…
The healings of Jesus usually DO NOT happen:
-> in an environment that may be full of religion and activities related to God, but His living Presence is unknown (or even unwanted)
-> where religious leaders have replaced the Spirit with teachings of men which have an appearance of godliness, profess holiness, but reject God’s Power
-> where people worship the “God of the Bible” by name, but in reality the “god” they believe in, is a construct and a projection of their own intellectual and/or sentimental choices, preferences, ideas, traditions, church-culture…
(such a “god” can only do what a man can do in his own power, even if we have given him the name of ‘Jesus Christ’ – but in fact he is a different “Jesus” – one who can fit in our own “box” of what we think “god” is all about).
The healings of Jesus CAN usually happen:
-> in an environment that is symbolically revealed by the pool of Siloam = the living “waters of the Shiloh” (which is the living word of Jesus, the “rhema” that “proceeds from His mouth”) have the power to heal, to restore, to give sight to the blind.