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Jesus & the Kingdom

(Category 14 of 16)

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A Man Born Blind Receives Sight


1 Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth.
2 And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, awho sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, abut that the works of God should be revealed in him.
4 a“I1 must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is bday; the night is coming when no one can work.

CHAPTER 9 References

2 aLuke 13:2;
John 9:34;
Acts 28:4
3 aJohn 11:4
4 a[John 4:34;
5:19, 36; 17:4] bJohn 11:9,
10; 12:35; Gal.
6:10 1NU We
5 a[John 1:5, 9;
3:19; 8:12;
12:35, 46] 6 aMark 7:33;
7 aNeh. 3:15;
Is. 8:6; Luke
13:4; John
9:11 b2 Kin.
8 1NU a beggar
9 1NU “No,
but he is like
11 aJohn 9:6, 7
1NU omits the
pool of
16 aJohn 3:2;
9:33 bJohn
7:12, 43; 10:19
17 a[John 4:19;
6:14] 22 aJohn 7:13;
12:42; 19:38;
Acts 5:13
bJohn 16:2

JOHN 9:24

5 “As long as I am in the world, aI am the light of the world.”
6 When He had said these things, aHe spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay.
7 And He said to him, “Go, wash ain the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So bhe went and washed, and came back seeing.
8 Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was 1blind said, “Is not this he who sat and begged?”
9 Some said, “This is he.” Others said, 1“He is like him.” He said, “I am he.”
10 Therefore they said to him, “How were your eyes opened?”
11 He answered and said, a“A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to 1the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.”
12 Then they said to him, “Where is He?” He said, “I do not know.”

The Pharisees Excommunicate the Healed Man

13 They brought him who formerly was blind to the Pharisees.
14 Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes.
15 Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.”
16 Therefore some of the Pharisees said, “This Man is not from God, because He does not 1keep the Sabbath.” Others said, a“How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And bthere was a division among them.
17 They said to the blind man again, “What do you say about Him because He opened your eyes?” He said, a“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 who had received his sight.
19 And they asked them, saying, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does 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 sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself.”
22 His parents said these things because athey feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he bwould be put out of the synagogue.
23 Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”
24 So they again called the man who was blind, and said to him,

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JOHN 9:25

a“Give God the glory! bWe know that this Man is a sinner.”
25 He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”
26 Then they said to him again, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?”
27 He answered them, “I told you already, and you did not listen.Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?”
28 Then they reviled him and said, “You are His disciple, but we are Moses’ disciples.
29 “We know that God aspoke to bMoses; as for this fellow, cwe do not know where He is from.”
30 The man answered and said to them, a“Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes!
31 “Now we know that aGod does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.
32 “Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind.
33 a“If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.”
34 They answered and said to him, a“You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?” And they 1cast him out.

True Vision and True Blindness

35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had afound him, He said to him, “Do you bbelieve in cthe Son of 1God?”
36 He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?”
37 And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and ait is He who is talking with you.”
38 Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he aworshiped Him.
39 And Jesus said, a“For judgment I have come into this world, bthat those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.”
40 Then some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, aand said to Him, “Are we blind also?”
41 Jesus said to them, a“If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains.

Jesus the True Shepherd


1 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
2 “But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

24 aJosh. 7:19
bJohn 9:16
29 aNum.
12:6–8 b[John
5:45–47] cJohn
7:27, 28; 8:14
30 aJohn 3:10
31 aZech. 7:13
33 aJohn 3:2;
34 aJohn 9:2
35 aJohn 5:14
bJohn 1:7;
16:31 cMatt.
14:33; 16:16
1NU Man
37 aJohn 4:26
38 aMatt. 8:2
39 a[John 3:17;
5:22, 27;
12:47] bMatt.
13:13; 15:14
40 a[Rom.
2:19] 41 aJohn
15:22, 24

CHAPTER 10 References

3 aJohn 20:16
5 a[2 Cor.
11:13–15] 8 1M omits before
9 a[Eph. 2:18] 11 aIs. 40:11
12 aZech.
11:16, 17
1hired man
14 a2 Tim. 2:19
b2 Tim. 1:12
15 aMatt. 11:27
b[John 15:13;
19:30] 16 aIs. 42:6;
56:8 bEph.
17 aJohn 5:20
b[Heb. 2:9] 18 a[John 2:19;
5:26] b[John
6:38; 14:31;
17:4; Acts
2:24, 32] 19 aJohn 7:43;
20 aJohn 7:20
21 a[Ex. 4:11] bJohn 9:6, 7,
32, 33

3 “To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by aname and leads them out.
4 “And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.
5 “Yet they will by no means follow a astranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”
6 Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them.

Jesus the Good Shepherd

7 Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.
8 “All who ever came 1before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.
9 a“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.
10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
11 a“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.
12 “But a 1hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and aleaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them.
13 “The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep.
14 “I am the good shepherd; and aI know My sheep, and bam known by My own.
15 a“As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; band I lay down My life for the sheep.
16 “And aother sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; band there will be one flock and one shepherd.
17 “Therefore My Father aloves Me, bbecause I lay down My life that I may take it again.
18 “No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I ahave power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. bThis command I have received from My Father.”
19 Therefore athere was a division again among the Jews because of these sayings.
20 And many of them said, a“He has a demon and is 1mad. Why do you listen to Him?”
21 Others said, “These are not the words of one who has a demon. aCan a demon bopen the eyes of the blind?”

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The Shepherd Knows His Sheep

22 Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter.
23 And Jesus walked in the temple, ain Solomon’s porch.
24 Then the Jews surrounded Him and said to Him, “How long do You keep us in 1doubt? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.”
25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. aThe works that I do in My Father’s name, they bbear witness of Me.
26 “But ayou do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, 1as I said to you.
27 a“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
28 “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.
29 a“My Father, bwho has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.
30 a“I and My Father are one.”

Renewed Efforts to Stone Jesus

31 Then athe Jews took up stones again to stone Him.
32 Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?”
33 The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for ablasphemy, and because You, being a Man, bmake Yourself God.”
34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, a‘I said,“You are gods” ’?
35 “If He called them gods, ato whom the word of God came (and the Scripture bcannot be broken),
36 “do you say of Him awhom the Father sanctified and bsent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ cbecause I said, ‘I am dthe Son of God’?
37 a“If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me;
38 “but if I do, though you do not believe Me, abelieve the works, that you may know and 1believe bthat the Father is in Me, and I in Him.”
39 aTherefore they sought again to seize Him, but He escaped out of their hand.

The Believers Beyond Jordan

40 And He went away again beyond the Jordan to the place awhere John was baptizing at first, and there He stayed.
41 Then many came to Him and said, “John performed no sign, abut all the things that John spoke about this Man were true.”
42 And many believed in Him there.

23 aActs 3:11;
24 1Suspense
25 aJohn 5:36;
10:38 bMatt.
26 a[John 8:47] 1NU omits as
I said to you
27 aJohn 10:4,
29 aJohn 14:28
b[John 17:2, 6,
12, 24] 30 aJohn
17:11, 21–24
31 aJohn 8:59
33 aMatt. 9:3
bJohn 5:18
34 aPs. 82:6
35 aMatt. 5:17,
18 b1 Pet. 1:25
36 aJohn 6:27
bJohn 3:17
cJohn 5:17, 18
dLuke 1:35
37 aJohn
10:25; 15:24
38 aJohn 5:36
bJohn 14:10,
11 1NU understand
39 aJohn 7:30,
40 aJohn 1:28
41 a[John 1:29,
36; 3:28–36;

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Psalms 107—150


Thanksgiving to the LORD for His Great Works of Deliverance

1 OH, agive thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His 1mercy endures forever.
2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy,
3 And agathered out of the lands, From the east and from the west, From the north and from the south.

PSALM 107 References

1 aPs. 106:1
1Heb. same as
goodness, vv.
8, 15, 21, 31,
and lovingkindness,
v. 43
3 aIs. 43:5, 6
4 a [Deut. 2:7;
32:10] 6 aPs. 50:15
7 aEzra 8:21

4 They wandered in athe wilderness in a desolate way; They found no city to dwell in.
5 Hungry and thirsty, Their soul fainted in them.
6 aThen they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He delivered them out of their distresses.
7 And He led them forth by the aright way,

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That they might go to a city for a dwelling place.
8 aOh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
9 For aHe satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness.

10 Those who asat in darkness and in the shadow of death, bBound1 in affliction and irons—
11 Because they arebelled against the words of God, And 1despised bthe counsel of the Most High,
12 Therefore He brought down their heart with labor; They fell down, and there was anone to help.
13 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses.
14 aHe brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, And broke their chains in pieces.
15 Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
16 For He has abroken the gates of bronze, And cut the bars of iron in two.

17 Fools, abecause of their transgression, And because of their iniquities, were afflicted.
18 aTheir soul abhorred all manner of food, And they bdrew near to the gates of death.
19 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses.
20 aHe sent His word and bhealed them, And cdelivered them from their destructions.
21 Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
22 aLet them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, And bdeclare His works with 1rejoicing.

23 Those who go down to the sea in ships, Who do business on great waters,
24 They see the works of the LORD,

PSALM 107 References

8 aPs. 107:15,
9 a[Ps. 34:10;
Luke 1:53] 10 a[Is. 42:7;
Mic. 7:8; Luke
1:79] bJob
36:8 1Prisoners
11 aLam. 3:42
b[Ps. 73:24] 1scorned
12 aPs. 22:11
14 aPs. 68:6
16 aIs. 45:1, 2
17 a[Is. 65:6, 7;
Jer. 30:14, 15];
Lam. 3:39;
Ezek. 24:23
18 aJob 33:20
bJob 33:22
20 aMatt. 8:8
b2 Kin. 20:5;
Ps. 30:2 cJob
33:28, 30
22 aLev. 7:12;
Ps. 50:14;
Heb. 13:15
bPs. 9:11 1joyful
25 aJon. 1:4
26 aPs. 22:14
27 1Lit. all
their wisdom
is swallowed
29 aPs. 89:9;
Matt. 8:26;
Luke 8:24
31 aPs. 107:8,
15, 21
32 aPs. 22:22,
33 a1 Kin. 17:1,
7; Is. 50:2
34 aGen. 13:10;
Deut. 29:23
1Lit. a salty
35 aPs. 114:8;
[Is. 41:17, 18] 38 aGen. 12:2;
17:16, 20 bEx.
1:7; [Deut.
7:14] 39 a2 Kin.
40 aJob 12:21,
41 a1 Sam. 2:8;
[Ps. 113:7, 8] bPs. 78:52
42 aJob 5:15,

PSALM 107:42

And His wonders in the deep.
25 For He commands and araises the stormy wind, Which lifts up the waves of the sea.
26 They mount up to the heavens, They go down again to the depths; aTheir soul melts because of trouble.
27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, And 1are at their wits’ end.
28 Then they cry out to the LORD in their trouble, And He brings them out of their distresses.
29 aHe calms the storm, So that its waves are still.
30 Then they are glad because they are quiet; So He guides them to their desired haven.
31 aOh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
32 Let them exalt Him also ain the assembly of the people, And praise Him in the company of the elders.

33 He aturns rivers into a wilderness, And the watersprings into dry ground;
34 A afruitful land into 1barrenness, For the wickedness of those who dwell in it.
35 aHe turns a wilderness into pools of water, And dry land into watersprings.
36 There He makes the hungry dwell, That they may establish a city for a dwelling place,
37 And sow fields and plant vineyards, That they may yield a fruitful harvest.
38 aHe also blesses them, and they multiply greatly; And He does not let their cattle bdecrease.

39 When they are adiminished and brought low Through oppression, affliction, and sorrow,
40 aHe pours contempt on princes, And causes them to wander in the wilderness where there is no way;
41 aYet He sets the poor on high, far from affliction, And bmakes their families like a flock.
42 aThe righteous see it and rejoice,

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PSALM 107:43

And all biniquity stops its mouth.

43 aWhoever is wise will observe these things, And they will understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.

PSALM 107 References

42 bJob 5:16;
Ps. 63:11;
[Rom. 3:19] 43 aPs. 64:9;
Jer. 9:12;
[Hos. 14:9]



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