THE SABBATH DAY HEALINGS OF JESUS OF NAZARETH (Continued)
THE HEALING OF THE MAN BLIND FROM BIRTH (Continued)
Scripture Reading: John 9 :1-7
1And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,
7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.
Secondly, smell is a natural sense that a blind person would rely on. The ability to smell in the natural has discernment for its spiritual counterpart. I was in Jamaica, and at dinner one evening under a beautiful pavilion near the beach I thought I smelled a skunk. I mentioned it and another lady agreed with me. Our senses had deceived us because actually, someone near us was smoking an herb that emitted an odor very close to that of a skunk. If someone who had not been "enlightened" as to what I really smelled, my sense would have completely deceived me. So it is spiritually. We make think our understanding of something is correct, yet it could be quite far off the mark.
Continuing, let us consider how important touch would be to a blind person. We are instructed in Scripture to touch not the unclean thing. Read 2 Corinthians 6:11-18 for further insight on this point. Lastly, consider the importance of taste which translates spiritually to the ability to perceive spiritual things. The Psalmist hones the spiritual taste buds by stating, "O taste and see that the LORD is good- Psalm 34:8." By mistaking either touch or taste in light of their spiritual significance is detrimental.