Ask him; he is of age

The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” His parents answered, “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. But how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.” (His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess Jesus to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue.) Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.” John 9:18-23

The Jewish authorities were determined to prove that the man Jesus restored sight to, was actually not blind. So today we see them questioning his parents in an effort to prove the man was not born blind. Their tactics were so heavy handed that the parents were afraid to tell who had cured their son’s blindness. It seems they were afraid they would be put out of their religious practices. So they sent the authorities back to the man to find out who had healed him.

Human systems need people in authority to run them. When nobody is in charge we have anarchy. Yet sometimes these people in authority abuse their power. In this case the Jewish authorities were trying to intimidate anyone who believed Jesus was the Messiah. They were so sure they were right and everyone else wrong they would use any means necessary to get their way.

That is the problem with human authority. No matter how hard we try we are going to eventually abuse our authority. We are just not capable of welding power without messing up. Some are better than others but all fall prey to the temptations of power.

Fortunately if you are a follower of Christ you follow the only one who never abuses His power. He only has our good in mind. He never acts capriciously. He acts only out of love, never hate or ego. You can be sure when you place yourself under Christ’s authority you will never have to second guess Him.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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