Sightlessness. Blindness was one of the blemishes disqualifying descendants of Aaron from performing sacrifice to God (Lev 21:16-24). Likewise, it was forbidden to offer blind animals in sacrifice (Lev 22:22; Deut 15:21; Mal 1:8). The blind were to be protected in accord with God’s covenantal instructions: no stumbling block was to be placed in their way (Lev 19:14); and anyone who misled a blind person was cursed (Deut 21:18). Isaac (Gen 27:1), Eli (1Sam 3:2), and Ahijah (1Kgs 14:4) suffered blindness in old age. In the Bible, God has the power to make people blind (Exod 4:11; Gen 19:11; 2Kgs 6:18) as well as to restore their sight (Ps 146:8). One of the expectations of the eschatological age was the opening of the eyes of the blind by God (Isa 29:18; Isa 35:5; LXX Isa 61:1) and Isa. 42:7 says the Servant of the Lord will “open the eyes that are blind.” In the NT Jesus’s healing of blindness is one of the “deeds of the Christ” illustrating and bringing about the kingdom of God (Matt 11:2-6; Matt 15:29-31; Luke 4:16-19; Luke 7:18-23). There are several examples in which the blind have their sight restored by Jesus (Matt 9:27-31; Matt 12:22; Matt 21:10-17). The concept of blindness was particularly appropriate for metaphorical use; it often characterized spiritual “blindness” or lack of insight into the revelation of God (Isa 6:9-10; Isa 42:16-19; Isa 59:10; Matt 15:14; Acts 28:26-27; Rom 2:19; Rom 11:8-10). The healing of the man born blind in (John 9) characterizes the spiritual “blindness” of the Jews and indicates how Jesus is the “light of the world.”

Lev 21:16-24

16The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:17Speak to Aaron and say: No one of your offspring throughout their generations who has a blemish may approach to offer the fo ... View more

Lev 22:22

22Anything blind, or injured, or maimed, or having a discharge or an itch or scabs—these you shall not offer to the Lord or put any of them on the altar as offe ... View more

Deut 15:21

21But if it has any defect—any serious defect, such as lameness or blindness—you shall not sacrifice it to the Lord your God;

Mal 1:8

8When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not wrong? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not wrong? Try presenting that to your go ... View more

Lev 19:14

14You shall not revile the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind; you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.

Deut 21:18

Rebellious Children
18If someone has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey his father and mother, who does not heed them when they discipline him,

Gen 27:1

Isaac Blesses Jacob
1When Isaac was old and his eyes were dim so that he could not see, he called his elder son Esau and said to him, “My son”; and he answered, ... View more

1Sam 3:2

2At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room;

1Kgs 14:4

4Jeroboam's wife did so; she set out and went to Shiloh, and came to the house of Ahijah. Now Ahijah could not see, for his eyes were dim because of his age.

Exod 4:11

11Then the Lord said to him, “Who gives speech to mortals? Who makes them mute or deaf, seeing or blind? Is it not I, the Lord?

Gen 19:11

11And they struck with blindness the men who were at the door of the house, both small and great, so that they were unable to find the door.

2Kgs 6:18

18When the Arameans came down against him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, and said, “Strike this people, please, with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness a ... View more

Ps 146:8

8the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
the Lord loves the righteous.

Isa 29:18

18On that day the deaf shall hear
the words of a scroll,
and out of their gloom and darkness
the eyes of the blind shall see.

Isa 35:5

5Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;

Isa 61:1

The Good News of Deliverance
1The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,
to bi ... View more

Matt 11:2-6

Messengers from John the Baptist
2When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples3and said to him, “Are you the one who is t ... View more

Matt 15:29-31

Jesus Cures Many People
29After Jesus had left that place, he passed along the Sea of Galilee, and he went up the mountain, where he sat down.30Great crowds cam ... View more

Luke 4:16-19

The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth
16When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He ... View more

Luke 7:18-23

Messengers from John the Baptist
18The disciples of John reported all these things to him. So John summoned two of his disciples19and sent them to the Lord to a ... View more

Matt 9:27-31

Jesus Heals Two Blind Men
27As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, crying loudly, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”28When he entered the house ... View more

Matt 12:22

Jesus and Beelzebul
22Then they brought to him a demoniac who was blind and mute; and he cured him, so that the one who had been mute could speak and see.

Matt 21:10-17

10When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?”11The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee. ... View more

Isa 6:9-10

9And he said, “Go and say to this people:
‘Keep listening, but do not comprehend;
keep looking, but do not understand.’10Make the mind of this people dull,
and ... View more

Isa 42:16-19

16I will lead the blind
by a road they do not know,
by paths they have not known
I will guide them.
I will turn the darkness before them into light,
the rough p ... View more

Isa 59:10

10We grope like the blind along a wall,
groping like those who have no eyes;
we stumble at noon as in the twilight,
among the vigorous as though we were dead.

Matt 15:14

14Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if one blind person guides another, both will fall into a pit.”

Acts 28:26-27

26‘Go to this people and say,
You will indeed listen, but never understand,
and you will indeed look, but never perceive.27For this people's heart has grown dul ... View more

Rom 2:19

19and if you are sure that you are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness,

Rom 11:8-10

8as it is written,
“God gave them a sluggish spirit,
eyes that would not see
and ears that would not hear,
down to this very day.”9And David says,
“Let their ta ... View more

John 9

A Man Born Blind Receives Sight
1As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth.2His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that h ... View more

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