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If you've ever wondered where the saying, "Here's mud in your eye," came from, here's your answer. At the end of this Scripture reading, I have more to say.

John 9 (King James Version) {Public Domain}

1. And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.

2. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

3. Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

4. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

5. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

6. When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,

7. And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

8. The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged?

9. Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he.

10. Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?

11. He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.

12. Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not.

13. They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind.

14. And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.

15. Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see.

16. Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.

17. They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet.

18. But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.

19. And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see?

20. His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind:

21. But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself.

22. These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.

23. Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him.

24. Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner.

25. He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.

26. Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?

27. He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples?

28. Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples.

29. We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.

30. The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes.

-- http://BibleGateway.com


Besides this being the source of the popular "Here's mud in your eye" saying, this passage is also important to me for another reason.

Jesus said that neither the man nor his parents sinned. It's true, because Jesus said it; but it's not true if you take it to mean the man nor his parents NEVER sinned in their lives. Jesus was only speaking within the context of the man's blindness. You see, this is a great example of how taking truths OUT OF CONTEXT can be such a trap. So, remember that, the next time you here a SOUND BITE on the news. We like to simplify things, not realizing that even the simplest thing in the universe is more complex than we will ever understand. Atoms existed before we discovered them. A gigantic new ring was discovered around Saturn, in October 2009. That ring did not simply come into existence in October 2009. It's been there the whole time that textbooks have been teaching a Saturn with all the rings but that one. Even as truthful as we strive to be, our understanding and reality are always two different things. We seek truth, and we seek Jesus, because he claims to be "the truth." He is not a truth seeker. He "is" truth. In seeking him, we find everything, even if we don't understand it. Jesus created the universe and also holds it together. Who would be foolish enough to dismiss him?

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