8 Then the neighbors, and the ones seeing him formerly— because[c] he was a beggar— were saying “Is not this the one sitting and begging?” 9 Others were saying that “This is he”. Others were saying, “No, but he is like him”. That one was saying that “I am he”. 10 So they were saying to him, “How then were your eyes opened?” 11 That one answered, “The man being called Jesus made mud and smeared it on my eyes, and said to me ‘Go to Siloam and wash’. So having gone away and washed, I received-sight”. 12 And they said to him, “Where is that One?” He says, “I do not know”. John 9:8-12 (DLNT)
Now this one who was doubtless a familiar figure to many because he regularly sat in a public place begging presents himself seeing and the people are astonished. Astonished, but divided. Some said, "Verily this is he who was blind, and now he sees."
Others, less prone to believe, or we might say the more skeptical, saw the man but they saw a doppelganger, "Nay, it is some stranger who merely looks like our familiar beggar."
The man now avers, "I am he; the very man, the blind one, you have passed by for years."
"So then how is it that you see?"
"The man called Jesus," he replied, "daubed my eyes with mud, told me to wash in Siloam, which I did, my eyes were opened and now I see!"
Note the testimony. "I did as Jesus told me to do, then I saw." Have you done as Jesus told you to do?
This, of course, is not the end of the story. The Pharisees get involved and call the former blind man to account. He gives his testimony. Then someone observes that it is the Sabbath. Surely for One to perform such a miracle is a violation of the Sabbath Laws.
some of the Pharisees were saying, “This man is not from God, because
He does not keep the Sabbath”. But others were saying, “How is a sinful man able to do such signs?” (DLNT)
Division amongst the religious leaders. Now begins the turmoil. "Who do you say this man is?" they asked the recipient of the miracle. "He is a prophet," he replied.
This will not do. The Pharisees call the man's parents to testify. Yes, he is our son. Yes, he was born blind. But for fear of being cast from the congregation they dared not confess that Jesus is the Christ. They said, We have no idea who the man is. Ask our son; he is of age. He can speak for himself.
So they called this man, this now-harassed man, yet again and posed their questions yet again.
27 He answered them, “I told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? You also do not want to become His disciples, do you?”
28 And they reviled him and said, “You are a disciple of that One, but we are disciples of Moses. 29 We know that God has spoken to Moses. But we do not know where this One is from”.
30 The man responded and said to them, “Why, in this is the marvel— that you do not know where He is from, and He opened my eyes! 31 We know that God does not hear sinners. But if anyone is a God-fearing one, and is doing His will— He hears this one. 32 It was not ever heard that someone opened the eyes of one having been born blind. 33 If this One were not from God, He would be able to do nothing”. But if anyone is a God-fearing one, and is doing His will— He hears this one.” (DLNT)
Our subject, knowing that he was blind and now he sees, is clearly convinced that his benefactor is the Christ and makes bold to challenge the religious teachers and proclaims, "We know that God does not hear sinners. But if anyone is a God-fearing one, and is doing His will— He hears this one. It was not ever heard that someone opened the eyes of one having been born blind. If this One were not from God, He would be able to do nothing”.
This is interesting because the man, though having been blind and a beggar, is skilled in disputation, for he uses the time-honored technique of binding himself and his opponents together by use of the "we know" phrase which they themselves had used. Not only do you know this to be true, but now you know that I know it as well, hence my words are true. Teachers and mathematicians and genealogists use this to this day. In effect, If you don't know it, believe me, because I know what I am saying.
Further the Pharisees are challenged to become Jesus's followers as well. The response to which is the casting of the messenger from their midst. Those convinced against their will are of the same opinion still. TBC