The Pool of Siloam: Christ's Work Rejected

John 9  •  3 min. read  •  grade level: 4
John 9
Seeing a man who was born blind, the disciples asked Jesus whether this man had sinned or his parents. The Jews knew about the present government of God but not the day of judgment. The Lord told them that the blindness was not for the sins of either son or parents, but rather that the works of God should be manifested. As long as Jesus was in the world, He was the light of the world. Since then, the children of God are the reflected light of the world. The Lord here is the Shepherd, and we see how the sheep are separated, one by one, from the old fold and restored to the Shepherd.
Spitting on the ground, He made clay of the spittle and anointed the eyes of the blind man. He was told to wash in the pool of Siloam (which means "sent") and, doing so, he came seeing.
Immediately, the man who had been blind was tested by the neighbors, and the neighbors were tested as well. They said, "Is not this he that sat and begged?" Some said that he was; "he said, I am he." They asked how; he told them about Jesus, how He made clay and anointed his eyes, telling him to go and wash in the pool of Siloam. He said that, by doing so, he received his sight. They asked where Jesus was. He said that he did not know.
Next, the blind man was tested by the Pharisees and they were tested as well. They asked how he was healed. He answered Just as he had to the neighbors. The Pharisees were divided as to Jesus. They asked what he would say of Him; he answered, "He is a prophet."
Then, the parents of the man who was blind were tested. "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 seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself." The parents feared the Jews, lest they should be put out of the synagogue.
Again the Jews call the blind man, saying, "We know that this man is a sinner." The man who had been blind answered, "Whether He be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see."
Again they asked, "How opened He thine eyes? 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?" They said, We know that God spoke by Moses, but we do not know where this man comes from. He answered, "Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth His will, him He heareth. Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. If this man were not of God, He could do nothing." They said, "Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us?" He was cast out.
Having heard this, Jesus found him and said, "Dost thou believe on the Son of God?" He answered, "Who is He, Lord, that I might believe on Him?" Jesus said, "Thou hast both seen Him, and it is He that talketh with thee. And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped Him."
Jesus said to the Pharisees, "If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth." It was very hard for the Pharisees to believe on Jesus. Some did, but if so, it meant that they no longer were in the position of leaders in Israel, but rather outcasts.