What Jesus Did! 'Parents Who Don't Parent' — John 9:18-23

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The Jews still did not believe that this really happened to the man. They did not believe that this man was blind and was now healed. But later they sent for the man's parents. They asked his parents, "Is this your son? You say that he was born blind. So why can he see now?" The parents answered, "We know that this man is our son. And we know that he was born blind. But we don't know why he can see now. We don't know who healed his eyes. Ask him. He is old enough to answer for himself." His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. The Jewish leaders had already decided that they would punish any person that said Jesus was the Christ. They would put those people out of the synagogue. That is why his parents said, "He is old enough. Ask him."
— John 9:18-23 NLT
Illustration of John 9:18-23 NLT — "He is old enough. Ask him."

Key Thought

While many parents are conscientious and dedicated to raising their children in the Lord, unfortunately there are many parents who view their children only as mere biological products. Their tie to their children is simply genetic, neither spiritual nor emotional. That's the kind of parents the healed man had. They were more concerned about their place in the synagogue than in their son's healing and spiritual development. They leave their son on his own to defend himself and to fend for himself. As God's people, we must remember his heart for the orphaned and abandoned and we must defend and care for them as God's people. We must care for our own as well as those who are abandoned and alone.

Today's Prayer

Holy God, please help your people as we seek to care for the abandoned and helpless. We are horrified at some of the horrible things done to children in our world. We pray for courage to step forward and help protect them and for compassion to personally care for them. In Jesus name, and to Jesus' glory. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Ephesians 6:4
  • Deuteronomy 6:4-9
  • Psalm 68:3-6


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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