St. Mary of the Angels
August 6, 2021
John 9:2: “And His disciples asked Him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?”
Generational Sin: See Exodus 20:5 and Deuteronomy 5:9: “You shall not bow down to them nor serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me.” So generational sin specifically pertains to idolatry, and so we see that idolatry has a social ramification beyond the effect on the idolater himself. Worshipping someone or something other than God Himself is in reality a worship of self, for we are presuming the authority to worship someone or something other than as God has commanded, and this worship of self is the seed of a social contract that is inimical to the Father’s Kingdom. See Romans 5:14: “Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the One who was to come.” Worship of self over God “reigns” over the children, so that this affects them even if they are not specifically guilty of this transgression. Why? Is God spiteful to inflict this sin over those not guilty of this sin? No. Instead, God is acknowledging that Adam had been banished from Eden not so much as a punishment but as a recognition that Adam is no longer suitable for Eden. Adam has instituted a new Kingdom for himself and his heirs, where “by the sweat of his face” man shall find his own bread (see Genesis 3:17-19). Idolatry is the spiritual and intellectual foundation of this new Kingdom, for it is man’s attempts at self-deification that will cause him to think that the bread that he earns from “the sweat of his face” is superior to the bread offered to him by God Himself.
Blindness and Sin: See Lamentations 4:14: “They wandered, blind, in the streets. They were defiled with blood so that no one could touch their garments.” Literally, the people here have been polluted by allowing for the blood from the worship of a pagan god to be sprinkled upon them. They wander because they are far from home, even if literally they are still walking on the streets of Jerusalem. No one can touch their garments, for they are untouchables, cut off from the chosen people of God so as to remain “wanderers” outside of Adam – that is, citizens of the fallen Kingdom that Adam created in contrast to the Kingdom of Israel ordained by God.
John 9:3: “Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”
Divine Mercy expresses Divine Authority: See Romans 9:15: “For He says to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So we see that God does not need to extend mercy; therefore, when He so acts, this is an act of divine love authorized by Himself and for His own purposes. See Isaiah 46:10: “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure.” So God’s purposes are greater than we may appreciate, so then the ramification of God’s mercy on one man transcends that man to the world at large. As by one man, Adam, a fallen Kingdom has been created, so by God Himself a living Kingdom is being established through His authoritatively divine love and mercy.
John 9:6: “When He had thus spoken, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay.”
Compare with Genesis 2:7: “God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” So when Christ Jesus spits into the ground, in essence He is breathing into the ground. He is raising up a new soul. To anoint is to heal, so Christ Jesus is literally and spiritually healing the blind man of his blindness when He anoints his eyes. To anoint also is to consecrate or to make sacred which means to make what was once profane (and a citizen of Adam’s fallen Kingdom) into what is now sharing in God’s likeness (and so a citizen of the Father’s Kingdom). One man’s redemption has ramifications beyond himself, for as one man’s sin is political, so is one man’s redemption just as political. See 1 Samuel 16:13: “Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushes upon David from that day forward.”
John 9:7: “And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, which is by interpretation Sent. He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.”
God’s commandment is liturgical. Just as idolatry is wrongful worship, so Christ Jesus gives the blind man an opportunity to do proper worship. The blind man has faith and so acts as He has been commanded. That Siloam is “by interpretation Sent” connects the pool there with what Christ Jesus said about Himself – namely, that He has been sent of His Father. Proper worship, therefore, is not only liturgical; it is also apostolic. It is worship done under authority, and it is worship done with the intention of being spread unto others (to be sent from God to those in need of God). The faithful are healed so that they may help one another to build the Kingdom under the authority and the supervision of the Lord.
John 9:8-41: Because the man born blind is now a citizen in the Father’s Kingdom (in our world, but no longer of our world), he is not recognized at first, and when recognized he is challenged and shamed. To suffer and to be persecuted is a sign of his healing.
John 9:35: “Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him…” God comes to His own. When cast out from this world, those who have given themselves over to God may have faith that He will give Himself over to them. Those cast out simply must believe on Him.
9 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,
7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.
8 The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?
9 Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.
10 Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?
11 He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.
12 Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not.
13 They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.
14 And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.
15 Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.
16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.
17 They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.
18 But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.
19 And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?
20 His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:
21 But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.
22 These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.
23 Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.
24 Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.
25 He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.
26 Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?
27 He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples?
28 Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses’ disciples.
29 We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.
30 The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes.
31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.
32 Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.
33 If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.
34 They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out.
35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?
36 He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him?
37 And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee.
38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.
39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.
40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?
41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.