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The Ultimate Priority - Worship . . . Part 4

V.16 (cont'd.)

** According to this verse, what is the problem with their conclusion?

If you do not keep the Sabbath, you are a sinner. If you are a sinner, how can you "perform such signs?"

This was an ever present problem with the Pharisees, look with me at Mark's recording of this type of encounter between Jesus and the Pharisees in Mark 2:23-28.

Now back in John, chapter 9...

V.17 ** Not being able to agree among themselves, what do the Pharisees do next?

They ask this common man for his opinion. cf. V.34 The Pharisees considered themselves to be the spiritual elite, and way above the common man. cf. Matthew 23:4-7

** What was his answer?

Having never seen Jesus, this man knew "He is a prophet."

V.18 ** Did they believe his evaluation of Jesus?

No. So they called in his parents!

V.19 ** What two things did they want to know from them?

1) Is this your born blind son? 2) How does he see?


** What were his parents willing to answer?

Only that this was their son, who was born blind. They were unwilling to admit how he was healed.


** Why did they deny the truth?

"...if anyone should confess [Jesus] to be Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue." So they simply deferred back to their adult son saying, "He is of age; ask him."

Not only is Jesus Lord of the Sabbath, but as the questioning continues, we shall see that He is from God!

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