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Sight and Insight

John 6:31
Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.

The man making this statement before the pharisees had just been touched by Jesus. this man who had been blind since birth had just been healed (in front of the disciples). The disciples had been questioning Jesus, blaming the man's condition on "sins" (by his parents or his own). Jesus said that the cause of his blindness was not based on these religious assumptions. Rather that his condition was going to be a sign,"that the works of God should be revealed in him." (v. 3)

Two typical human responses can be seen in this larger story. First is the disciple's assumption that the man's condition was punishment for some action. It was the effect of "sins," not caused by the greater condition of "sin" that is the cause of much of man's maladies. The second human response is seen in the Pharisee's reaction to to the man's healing by trying to discount God's work work because it didn't appen within thier framework (nothing could happen on the Sabbath, not even healing).

While questioning the man, the Pharisees made thier commitment to Moses because, "we know that God spoke to Moses." (v. 29) The basis for thier commitment to thier framework (or filter) was based on this fact. But here is a Kingdom moment. This man recognizes a new dynamic at work - that men can now have direct access to God. And he even has the qualifiers correct: worship and obedience. This is a huge "ah ha" moment. He saw more than the restoration of his eyesight, Through this, he saw that God wants to interact personally with his people.

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