October 31, 2014

Blind Not Dumb pt 2 – Turn On The Light

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Passage: John 9:5, Matthew 21:31-32

Get Out Of The Cave - Turn On The Light

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Men say, "Turn on the Light," but too often they don't know where to find the power switch. In part one of “Blind Not Dumb,” we talked about the Noetic effect of sin on the human mind. The text came from John chapter 9 verse one through five. Now we move into the rest of chapter, starting first with verse 5 wherein Jesus said:

“As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (John 9:5).

Now isn’t it strange that Jesus is dealing on this day with a man who is blind from birth, a man who lacks physical vision yet, as the Scripture will soon reveal, a man who has greater basic spiritual wisdom than do the Pharisees of the day. Thus the words, “As long as I am in the world,” reflect a two-fold sense of understanding. Within this simple statement Jesus confirms two points of blessings:

  • 1) He has authority over the spiritual as well as the physical and thus his power to heal extends into all aspects of existence
  • 2) There shall come a day, an now is, when the responsibility for healing and caring for one another shall be given over to mankind (See this confirmed in Matthew 5:14 wherein the followers of Christ are declared as the “Light of the world…”

In Plato's allegory of light and dark, the philosopher envisions a cave wherein men are chained in such a manner as to limit viewing to a single blank wall. The images upon that wall are shadows cast forth by firelight around the bend. According to Plato, these shadows represent a limited view of reality. Wherein if those same men should be freed to examine in full light the forms from which the shadows are crafted, they would gain real knowledge rather than perceived knowledge. Thus he men must learn to "Turn on the Light.
Darkness equals opinion. Light equals reality, knowledge and understanding.  When Jesus declares himself, and later his followers, as the “Light of the world,” he is defining himself as the only source of reliable reality. If your vision is limited to man-crafted doctrine, hopes in a different god, or even the perceived clarity within your own noetic mind, your vision produces nothing but opinion. And you cannot see the fullness of reality.

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Immediately after speaking these words of life, Jesus spat on the ground and made clay of the spittle, and then anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. This comes from verse six. But to complete the healing, Jesus does something reminiscent of a time when a leper visited the prophet Elisha: He sends the man down to the swimming pool to get wet. Notice in verse seven as the Scripture defines the blind man’s response to the words of Jesus:

“He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.”

In the times of Elisha, a man named Naaman reluctantly washed in the muddy waters of the Jordan River and thereby received healing from leprosy. Here we see this once blind man willingly and immediately washing in the pool of Siloam wherein he too received a physical healing. There is no power in the mud, nor the waters, nor even in the speed of the response. Rather it is obedience to the will of God that enabled each man to receive the associated blessings of God.
Perhaps you have been slow to respond; perhaps you have been reluctant to act upon the known will of God. In some cases, the answer to prayer hinges upon obedience to the revealed word of God. If your healing, your financial breakthrough, your inability to find office in the body of Christ remains unfulfilled, remember that God honors his word even when your obedience comes lately.
Consider the parable of the two sons as recorded in Matthew 21. The NIV records it in this manner:

“’What do you think’ said Jesus, ‘There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’
‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.
‘Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing.
He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.
‘Which of the two did what his father wanted?’
‘The first,’ they answered…” (Matthew 21:28-31a).

Rest assured that immediate obedience is better than slow obedience. And know also that there may come a time when lack of obedience results in spiritual blindness. Matthew voices it in this manner:

“Jesus said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him,’” (Matthew 21:31b-32).

Although obedience may come lately, lately can also come before your obedience occurs. If you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord, act now, in this moment, in this very breath of life. Pause this message and respond to the Spirit that prompts all men to believe upon the name of Jesus Christ. For it is true that you may never pass this way again. And opportunity may leave you behind. God has said, “My Spirit shall not always strive with man.”
Get out of the cave. Stop looking at shadows. Turn on the light.
Quick Link to Blind Not Dumb, Pt 1, The Noetic Effect of Sin
Quick Link to Blind Not Dumb, pt 3, After The Healing
Quick Link To - Blind Not Dumb -t 4 - Wisdom Rejected


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