Day 43 (Mon, Sept 22, 2014)

Pharisees Question Man Who was Healed

50 total verses: John 9:13-41; 10:1-21

Brief description of action taking place or point being made

149. Pharisees question man’s parents in John 9:13-34
150. Jesus finds the man in John 9:35-39
151. Pharisees ask if they are blind in John 9:40-10:6
152. Jesus explains he is the Good Shepherd in John 10:7-18
153. Division among the Jews in John 10:19-21

General questions

1. What is your favorite verse or set of verses? Why?
2. Did you learn anything from the reading or find anything particularly cool? What?
3. Was there anything unclear in the passage that you have questions about? What are they?

Specific questions on this passage

After Completing the Bible Reading

Broader outline of each section of passage

John 9:13-34. The Pharisees repeatedly questioned the man who Jesus healed of blindness, and they questioned the man’s parents, to confirm that he really was born blind. They cannot seem to accept that Jesus was from God, so they keep looking for a loophole, and find none. The man who was healed gets annoyed with them, and toys with them. And the Pharisees got really annoyed, and cast him out of the synagogue.

John 9:35-39. Jesus found the man after he had been cast out of the synagogue, and asked him if he believed in the Son of Man. And when he learned that it was Jesus, he worshipped Jesus. And Jesus commented that he came that the blind would see and the seeing would become blind.

John 9:40-9:41. The Pharisees heard the remark of Jesus and take offense. They ask if Jesus was saying that they were blind. And Jesus replies that since they claim to see, they are indeed guilty.

John 10:1-18. Jesus uses an extended metaphor about a herd of sheep and the shepherd. Jesus says that he is the Good Shepherd and the sheep hear his voice, but won’t respond to ones they do not know. Jesus also talks about the thief who comes to steal and kill and destroy; and about the hired hand who does not have the interests of the sheep at heart. On the other hand, the good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

John 10:19-21. Jewish leaders were split on Jesus. Some thought he was insane or demon-possessed. Others said that his words were not those of someone demon-possessed, and that the miracles he did gave testimony that he wasn’t influenced by demons.

My favorite passage and other random thoughts

There were so many good verses to choose from. I finally settled on John 10:3 “‘The sheep listen to his [the shepherd’s] voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out'” (NIV). I like this verse because of the emphasis on listening for God’s voice, watching where the Shepherd is leading, and the emphasis on the personal relationship with Jesus. I like the heart that is revealed, too: Jesus is a caring shepherd, trustworthy, and aware of dangers and willing to sacrifice to protect the sheep.

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