Inconceivable!

“The man answered and said to them, “Well, here is an amazing thing, that you do not know where He is from, and yet He opened my eyes.” (John 9:29–30 NAS95)

The word that I’ve highlighted in the above verse can be variously translated as, “amazing, amazing thing, marvelous thing, remarkable thing, very strange.”  It’s the Greek word: θαυμαστός.

The man who says “here is an amazing thing” is the one, blind from birth, whom Jesus heals.  He is being interrogated by the Pharisees who do not [and cannot!] believe that a. he was born blind, and b. Jesus healed the man of that blindness.  Jesus was obviously not from God (vs. 16), so he certainly couldn’t have healed anyone from an infirmity, more less a man who was blind from birth.

Then this blind, beggar, who is probably not educated at all, compared to the broad education of his interrogators, weighs in:  “Inconceivable! [if I may steal an expression from The Princess Bridebest movie ever!!], he opened my eyes and you dolts cannot figure out where he is from?  Even I, poor and uneducated, can figure that out!”

Do you get the sense that this encounter is not going to end well?

“They answered him, “You were born entirely in sins, and are you teaching us?” So they put him out” [excommunicated him from the temple]. (John 9:34 NAS95)

…And you would be right.  It does not end well…at the moment, anyway.  After a discussion with Jesus, the man who started off the day blind, ends the day with both eyes to see and saved for all eternity.

The Pharisees?  Not so much.

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