John 9:24-34 NIV
A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God by telling the truth,” they said. “We know this man is a sinner.” He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”
Then they asked him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”
He answered, “I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?”
Then they hurled insults at him and said, “You are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses! We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don’t even know where he comes from.”
The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”
To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out.
I admire the man who had been blind for his ability to speak the facts, but also for his willingness to push for greater understanding of his being given sight. He clearly understood that healing a person blind from birth was prophesized (Isaiah 29:18, 35:5 and 42:7). He wasn’t afraid to challenge his questioners.
I am definitely one of those people who would be considered a rule follower, which would probably make me more likely to be convinced by the Pharisees to question healing a blind man on the Sabbath and to doubt someone like Jesus who didn’t always “follow the law” as interpreted by the Pharisees. Of course I want the knowledge and quick thinking to respond with the bigger truths as the healed blind man did, but I am often the one who wishes I had said…or I had thought of….
On a positive note, I have learned to bend a few rules, especially when taking into consideration the effect on people (mostly students) if a rule is followed exactly. I hope I am getting better at caring for the person and not the rules or the system. I believe this is exactly what Jesus would want me to do.
Dear Lord, please help me to stick to what is true and not be led astray by what others are saying or what others might want me to say or think. Help me see beyond the rules when needed. Please strengthen and guide me so that I will have the words and actions to do your will. Amen.