John 9:11 Commentary - Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary
1) "He answered and said," (apekrithe ekeinos) "That one replied," the one who had sat as a blind beggar, now replied to his neighbors and others who had often seen him and perhaps given him alms in response to his cry as a beggar. His explanation is simple and direct.
2) "A man that is called Jesus made clay," (ho anthropos ho logomenos lesous pelon epoiesen) "The man who is being called Jesus (the Savior) made clay," perhaps explained to him by Jesus, and others who witnessed the scene, Joh 9:6. At first the blind man only knew that Jesus was a man, a caring man, a concerned physician who offered free help to him, the thing the Great Physician does for all spiritually blind believers, 1Jn 5:1.
3) "And anointed mine eyes," (kai epechrisen mou tous ophthalmous) "And he anointed my eyes," because I felt it and when my eyes were opened, I could see what had happened, Joh 9:6. The anointing of the eyes, the touch of a physician's hands, lifted his hope and motivated his obeying the man, Jesus, the Son of man, a thing that led to the man's salvation, Joh 9:38; Joh 20:30-31.
4) "And said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam and wash:” (kai eipen moi hoti hupage eis ton Siloam kai nipsai) "And he told me that I was to go to the pool of Siloam and wash," Joh 9:7, wash myself, for myself, or on my own behalf, much as Elisha told Naaman, at which time and act of obedience he was healed of leprosy, as I was of blindness from birth, 2Ki 5:1-16.
5) "And I went and washed, and I received sight." (apelthon oun kai nipsamenos aneblepsa) "Then upon going and washing (while I was washing) I saw," or “came to see," when I did what He told me to do. Though he had not yet been saved, or come to know who Jesus was, or believed on Him as the Redeemer, Joh 9:35-38; Joh 2:5. He now had a good witness or word to speak of this physician called Jesus, though he did not yet know Him as Savior, Act 1:8; Joh 9:35-38.
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Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary
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