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The Rev. Duane Steele

The Blind Man Who Knew Too Much

John 9:1-13, 28-41

4th Sunday in Lent - Year A

March 30, 2014

The Rev. Duane Steele (ELCA)

I believe the man in John 9 is one of the most misunderstood people in the Bible. Apparently his witness was so powerful, the crowds continued to talk about his story in John 10:21 and 11:37, but we don't even get to know his name. To most of his neighbors and to us today, he is simply "the blind man" or "the formerly blind man." Many preachers use this man's story to talk about "darkness and light" or "ignorance and wisdom," and many Bible publishers add the heading "Spiritual Blindness" to this text, as though the man in this story were a symbolic object instead of a real person.

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