Tuesday, August 7

The sin of willful blindness

Scripture: Zephaniah 1-3, John 9

John 9:39 Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment, in order that those who do not see will see and those who do see will become blind.”

John 9:41 “If you were blind,” Jesus told them, “you wouldn’t have sin.  But now that you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.”


The Jewish religious leaders thought they saw (understood) but were blind.  Their minds were made up and they refused to accept new evidence or information that might change their minds.  They quizzed the blind man twice and his parents once, at first refusing to believe that the man had actually been blind.  When they couldn’t deny the miracle, they questioned its source: Jesus could not be from God since He healed on the Sabbath.  He must be a sinner.  No amount of evidence or simple logic would convince them otherwise.  They were obstinate in their unbelief—blind, though they thought they saw.

The chapter ends with these stinging words of Jesus.  He came to make the blind see—not only physically, but spiritually as well.  But those who refuse to believe will remain blind.  The real sin is being hard-hearted: thinking you can see when you can’t, refusing to believe when the evidence is staring you in the face.  It’s willful blindness.


I read a sign that said, “My mind is like concrete: thoroughly mixed and permanently set.”  

This passage makes me ask, “Where am I blind?  Where am I refusing to see and believe what God is doing right in front of me?”  We all have blind spots—things we just don’t see.  We don’t know what they are which is why they are called blind spots.  We need each other to point those out.  And we need Jesus to show us where we think we see but are really blind.  I don’t want to be willfully blind!  I want to see!

Prayer: Lord, show me where I’m blind, where I think I understand but I really don’t.  I want to always be a learner, and not get set in my thinking or ways to the degree that I’m not open to new insights from You.  Open my eyes and help me see new things from You today.