10/14/15 Why Would God Punish A Newborn Baby With Blindness?

Since the town of Bethany is right next to Jerusalem and an easy Sabbath day’s walk, Jesus heads up to the Temple after the service is over at the Bethany synagogue.  He teaches for a while in the Temple, until certain members of the Sanhedrin begin to file in, then leaves with His apostles and a large group who had been listening to Him teach.  As they walk through one of the Temple gates, they pass by several people sitting with begging bowls.  They aren’t allowed to ask for money on the Sabbath, but they may sit with their bowls and people may give if they so choose.  One of the beggars is a blind man, well known in the community.  He has been blind since he was born and has sat at the Temple gates with his begging bowl for many years.  “Rabbi, did this man sin in his mother’s womb, or did his parents sin before he was born, to make him be born blind?” one of the men in the group asks Jesus as they watch him sitting there with his bowl.  Jesus replies, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned.  This happened so that you all could bear witness to the miracles of God.  While it is daytime, Sabbath or no, we all must do the work appointed to us by God.  Night is coming, and nobody can work in darkness.  But while I AM in the world, I AM the light of the world.”

John 9:1-5


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