John 9 – Box
God, soften my heart to hear from you in reading today’s passage, amen.
Read: John 9
16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them.
He worked outside the bounds of the Pharisees understanding of how God acts. Jesus healed a blind man with some homemade mud and instructions to wash in the pool of Siloam. However, it is not the act that got Jesus in trouble, it was when Jesus performed the miracle. It was on the Sabbath. God rested on the Sabbath, God told us to rest on the Sabbath, so there should not be any work done on the Sabbath. Now that Jesus has done this miracle on the Sabbath, Jesus can not be seen as being from God because he has broken the Sabbath and God does not break the Sabbath.
The Pharisees had a clear understanding that they were to rest on the Sabbath and an even clearer image of what it means to work on the Sabbath. Instead of letting Jesus’ actions define what it means to rest on the Sabbath, all they saw was that he had broken the commandment which meant he was not from God. The Pharisees put a fence around how they understood God to move in the world. Jesus was pushing against their boundaries. What walls have you put in place in regards to how you understand God to work? Jesus wants to push against the walls we have put up so we can have a deeper understanding of God and how God wants to use us to do the work of God in the world. How have you boxed in God?
Questions to Think Through
-How have you boxed in God?
-What spiritual practices can you do to help you deepen your understanding of God and see God move outside of you box?
-What resonated with you in John 9?
God, help me have a deeper understanding of who you are and how you work in the world so I may be an agent of your grace and love today. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.