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John 9:14

ESV Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes.
NIV Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man's eyes was a Sabbath.
NASB Now it was a Sabbath on the day that Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes.
CSB The day that Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes was a Sabbath.
NLT because it was on the Sabbath that Jesus had made the mud and healed him.
KJV And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.

What does John 9:14 mean?

The Pharisees were an extremely orderly, pious sect. They created an entire list of oral traditions and secondary laws, meant to "protect" the laws of Moses. At the time of Jesus' earthly ministry, these traditions were being treated with the same level of authority as the Word of God itself. The most sacred of these rules was that of honoring the Sabbath. In confronting religious hypocrites, Jesus seems to deliberately use their misunderstanding of the Sabbath in order to provoke conversations. This has included performing healings on the Sabbath day (John 5:18).

Jesus' most recent miracle is the sixth of seven "signs" recorded by John in this gospel. In this case, the miracle was to give sight to a man born blind (John 9:1–7). Not only was this done on a Sabbath day, as this verse indicates, it involved something the Pharisees considered taboo. Jesus was described as making clay from mud and saliva. According to traditional Pharisaical laws, this was one of the forms of work explicitly forbidden. Jesus' actions not only challenge their shallow views of spirituality, He highlights their unreasonable legalism.
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