John 9:6–12 (ESV) 6 Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud 7 and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.
He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva: Jesus used what was undoubtedly one of His more unusual methods leading to a miracle.
Note: using saliva as a medicine upon the eyes – was not so strange in the ancient world.
- Ironically, the Pharisees were right on a deeper level when they said a man could be born blind because of his parents’ sin
Our spiritual blindness is similar to the blind man in that way as well
- There is no solution for our defect to be found among men
- This man had no hope for a cure on earth (Matt 5:3 “poor in spirit”)
- The only hope for his condition was that the Creator Himself might provide a solution
- Unless God healed Him, he would remain blind forever
John wants us to see the parallels between this man’s physical condition and the world’s spiritual condition (OUR spiritual condition before salvation)
And then the man went and washed, after which he gained his sight
- This took faith, even when Jesus did not even promise the blind man sight in the doing of this. It was surely implied; but the man acted on faith even in the implied promise of Jesus.
Jesus told him to go to a fairly unimportant pool in Jerusalem…there were probably closer places to go
This pool was the source for the water the priests carried to the temple for the water drawing ceremony
- So it seems Jesus selected this pool for maximum symbolism and maximum public exposure
7 So he went and washed And came back seeing:
This event has its intended eﬀect:
John 9: 8 The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar were saying, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” 9 Some said, “It is he.” Others said, “No, but he is like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” 10 So they said to him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” 11 He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed and received my sight.” 12 They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”
We now understand why Jesus sent the man to wash in the pool
- It was because of the pool’s significance, it’s use, it’s location, it’s symbolism
- It reminds us of the living water and the light of the world at the Feast of Tabernacles
- And it’s surrounded by witnesses, who could see the man’s testimony
It is a clear picture of salvation
- We are saved because the Lord does a work in our hearts, causing us to be born again
- We all come from dirt, used to fashion the first man, Adam
- And likewise, we must be born again, into the likeness of Christ
- We don’t see the face of Jesus personally
- We hear Him, obey Him and our eyes our opened by Him
- We now have only the testimony of our healed “blindness” to declare to the world
What is the application of this story to our lives?
- We can understand salvation from the viewpoint of those who are still blind
- We can see that there are times when FAITH is the necessary step to receiving something from God (peace, answered prayer, confidence, assurance)
We can ask God to open our eyes about the things we are blinded to (sin, lack of compassion, spiritual laziness, lack of love for lost souls, etc).