FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9
Scripture: John 9:19-28
In this passage we have the healing of the blind man followed by his interaction with the Pharisees. It starts in verse 19 saying, “And they asked them, saying, ‘Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does 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 sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself.’ His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, ‘He is of age; ask him.’ 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.’ 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.’ Then they said to him again, ‘What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?’ 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?’ Then they reviled him and said, ‘You are His disciple, but we are Moses’ disciples.’” The Pharisees were enraged at that statement. This passage ends with this young man first being healed and then thrown out of the synagogue. This is a good example of how religion can operate if leaders stray from the Word and fear of man supersedes fear of God. The parents demonstrated their fear of man but the son empowered by his healing boldly declared the truth. Are we willing to be thrown out of a comfortable place? Are we willing to be ostracized? Are we willing to speak the truth with boldness regardless the consequences? One way we can grow to that place is to sow the Sonship Gifts into our hearts, walk in blamelessness and have the confidence to be courageous in Christ!