I Know That

The final quote of the week is interesting.  First, read the selection below and count how many times the word “know” is used.

So for the second time they called the man who had been born blind and said to him, “Give glory to God.  We know that this man is a sinner.”  He answered, “Whether he is a sinner I do not know.  One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.”  They said to him, “What did he do to you?  How did he open your eyes?”  He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen.  Why do you want to hear it again?  Do you also want to become his disciples?”  And they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses.  We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.”  The man answered, “Why, this is an amazing thing!  You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes.

— John 9:24-30

This is what Dallas Willard said about this passage:

When Jesus healed a blind man on the sabbath, the religious leaders “knew” that Jesus could not possibly be of God because he did not observe their sabbath restrictions about working.  They “knew” the Bible and “knew” it said you were not supposed to do what Jesus did.  They “knew” Jesus was a sinner.  They had good, reliable general knowledge of how things were supposed to be, but they did not know who God is or what his works are.  They did not recognize the greatest works of love and righteousness because those works didn’t conform to their legalistic ideas of what the Bible teaches.  In fact, they condemned those works.  Many stand in that same place today–unable to recognize the words and works of God.

–Dallas Willard,  Hearing God:  Through the Year, 8/11

Be careful about what you think you know!




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