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Returning for a moment to the body of the narrative, we cannot but feel the sincerity
of the testimony of verse 25. The Pharisees said, "We KNOW that this man is a sinner"
(24). The blind man replied, "Whether he be a sinner or no I know not, ONE THING I
KNOW, that whereas I was blind, now I see" (25). The man's theology was perhaps
lamentably crude. Yet he knows "one thing". We in our turn may not be able to answer
all the questions which tradition, hatred, or ignorance may put to us; but "one thing" we
know too. Here is a fixed, subjective, personal commencement. This is not creed, but
conviction, not theology, but truth, not so much light, as it is life. If there is an element
of vagueness in the words "The man that is called Jesus" in verse 11, there is none in the
concluding portion of the statement, "I went and washed and I received my sight". His
knowledge of the Person of his Saviour grows constantly upwards from "The man that is
called Jesus" to "a prophet", "a man of God" to the "Son of God" and "Lord". His
sight was immediately and completely given. He did not as one on another occasion "see
men as trees walking", he "came seeing".
If we collect the testimony of Scripture concerning the blindness of Israel and consider
the testimony alongside of this sign, we shall see much that is parallel and prophetic. Let
us praise God for the revelation given concerning the duration of this condition:--
"Blindness in part is happened unto Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.
and so all Israel shall be saved" (Rom. 11: 25, 26).