Summary: Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?” - John 9:40 It is all too easy to claim that we know perfectly something. We can look at situations in black and white and claim we can see clearly and exactly ..
Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?” - John 9:40
It is all too easy to claim that we know perfectly something. We can look at situations in black and white and claim we can see clearly and exactly how it is. When it comes to believers in the Lord we can act in this very way condemning others who do not exactly agree with our position or idea. In evangelical circles it is almost declared a sin to not have a position on something. When someone says they are not sure on an issue or verse of Scripture and are happy to leave it as a mystery it seems like a scandal. I personally am speaking from experience, for many years reading many times the Scriptures I have seen such a mystery in many truths of the Bible. There are hundreds if not thousands that really still are a mystery to me or at least I am happy to not have to figure out how everything fits together. Slowly the Lord has allowed more and more truth to make sense in a cohesive whole, but this is still a process and journey and it continues to be a joy to follow the Lord in this way. I have though caught myself trying at times to make all the verses of the Bible fit in some way for a larger position I had to share with others. Though it seems admirable and even convincing to others, the Scriptures are not to be used in this way.
Though systematic theology books can have a benefit they all faulty in some point. It is a human trying to figure out at times mystery's of God that are eternal. We need not to be scared to say to others: "I do not know." Various christian groups and even cults have made it their aim to address every verse of the Bible and have a dogmatic opinion on everything. People who follow these ways simply repeat what others have said. Though there is a faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3) and truths that we can and have passed down in the history of the Church. The pharisee's claimed to see, and they were the dogmatic group in their day. Yet our Lord makes the shocking statement that he came into the world "so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind" (John 9:39). The blind are those who are humble, needy (Matthew 5:3), they are the one's that are healed and worship Jesus (John 9:38). It is a good question to ask ourselves today, do we see, are we confident that we have it all figured out? Paul the Apostle claimed: "For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror" (1 Corinthians 13:12). He was humble and revelled in the great mystery of God, that was unexplainable, and his redemption as a ocean to stand awe in. It offended the Pharisees to think they were blind, they did not want to have the help of the Lord.