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.
Now that we have taken the time to assess certain dangers associated with dependence upon other senses and what they represent spiritually in order to compensate for blindness, we have a clear view of the spiritual deficit that may result. Jesus Christ of Nazareth fully demonstrated the remedy for the man who was born blind. The healing was preceded by teaching and identifying Himself as the Light of the world. He clarified that this man’s blindness was not the result of his or his parents’ sin but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. The works of God testified of Jesus as the Son and Sent One of God.
His actions may seem curious and simple but they are most powerful. He spat on the ground. Spat has a root meaning to fold together or close. This meaning is used one other time in the New Testament in Luke 4:18-20, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him." Luke’s continues with the fact that Isaiah’s prophecy was fulfilled in their ears!
Jesus spat on the ground. Ground is the same as the word gulf in Luke 16:26. It means a chasm or gulf. Jesus demonstrated how the He would forever close the breach between God and man. One outward action of Jesus was completing multiple inward actions in the Spirit. Jesus, The Potter, made clay of the spittle and anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. After washing in Siloam or the Sent One, the final chapter on the earthy man and his carnal view of things was closed! This man’s eyes had been opened by the Light of the world.