And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.…
Homer, Ossian, Milton, Blacklock (only saw the light five months, yet linguist and poet), Sanderson, celebrated Mathematician and Lucasian Professor at Cambridge (blind before one year old); Euler, mathematician; Huber (Nat. Hist., "Habits of Bees"); Holman, traveller round the world; William Metcalf, builder of roads and bridges; John Metcalf (Manchester), guide to those travelling through intricate roads by night, when covered with snow, afterwards a projector and surveyor of roads in different mountainous parts, most of the roads about the Peak, and near Buxton, were altered by his direction; Laura Bridgman, neither sight, hearing, nor speech, yet learned to know herself a sinner, and Christ a Saviour; Milburn, the blind American preacher; Prescot, the historian; Goodrich ("Peter Parley"); Rev. J. Crosse, Vicar of Bradford. Hence learn —
1. God's sovereignty in creation: Why were you born blind? (Matthew 11:26).
2. God's goodness in providence: that blind men so often see more than those who have sight. The blind are proverbially cheerful.
3. God's riches in grace.
Parallel VersesKJV: And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.