Here’s Mud In Your Eye.

This was an old saying once, but the Bible records such a time. The story in John 9:1-12 starts by telling us that there was a man born blind. Yeshua’s disciples saw this man and asked Him, “Who sinned, the man or his parents?” I guess this has always been the question. We want to know who to blame. You hear children say, “It’s all your fault.” You hear parents say, “This is not how we raised you.” 

I guess beginning with Adam who blamed Eve for his sin, people have always looked for someone to lay the blame on. But Yeshua said to His disciples neither.  And goes on to say, “This happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” 

 I guess we never think about the fact that our illnesses or our sufferings are not due to our sin. I guess Yeshua nipped in the bud any kind of gossip or judging between His disciples and the crowd. People always like to assume that when people go through trials and hardships, there must be some negative reason behind it.  

James 1:2-4 tells us,  “Consider it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you encounter various trials,  knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

Yeshua goes on to say, “As long as it is day, we must do the works of Him who sent Me. Night is coming, when no one can work.  While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

Well, everything seems alright on the surface but then Yeshua  does something very odd.  The Scripture tells us that “After saying this, He spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes.”

What?  Yeshua spits and makes mud. Yeshua cures Peter’s mother- in-law and casts out demons and heals lepers and even raises the dead just by speaking or laying His hands on the person, but here He spits and makes mud and puts it on the man’s eyes. Couldn’t He have just said, “See or be healed” or something close to that?  “He then tells the man to go and wash in the pool of Siloam.” Well I could see why, Yeshua just put mud in his eyes. Let’s look at the rest of the story to find out why Yeshua healed the man in this manner.  “They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind.  Now the day on which Yeshua had made the mud and opened the man’s eyes was a Sabbath.  Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. “He put mud on my eyes,” the man replied, “and I washed, and now I see. Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for He does not keep the Sabbath.” But others asked, “How can a sinner perform such signs?” So they were divided. Then they turned again to the blind man, “What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened.” The man replied, “He is a prophet.”  They still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man’s parents.  “Is this your son?” they asked. “Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?”  “We know he is our son,” the parents answered, “and we know he was born blind.” 

In Mark 2 and Matthew 12, Yeshua speaks of Himself as being the Lord of the Sabbath. He also said that the Sabbath was made for man. He also said that you should do good on the Sabbath. So we see why He healed the man, but why didn’t He just speak healing to Him? Mark 8 speaks of Yeshua healing a blind man by spitting in his eyes. Now in Scripture, so many times we read the same story but with different details. This most likely is one of those times. 

The story in Mark 8: 22-26 goes like this, “Then He came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him.  So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything. And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.”  Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.  Then He sent him away to his house, saying, “Neither go into the town, nor tell anyone in the town.”

Assuming that these two stories are one I would say that Yeshua was proving to His doubters that He and the Father are one and that He was truly the spoken Word of God at Creation. When God created man, God got down on the ground as Genesis 2:7 says,  “Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”

Yeshua was reenacting the creation of man by creating the mud and putting it over his eyes to see. He was not only the Creator of the Sabbath but also of man himself who He chose to heal on the Sabbath. He told him to go and wash in the pool of Siloam which means “Sent” because He was the “Sent One” of the Father and as He said He was the Light of the world, and He gave light to the man’s eyes. Yes, it was to bring about glory to the Father through the Son. It was to prove that He was the Anointed One, the Messiah. Light, trees and mud all on the Sabbath, all a part of Creation, all a part of who Yeshua was and is. Do you have mud in your eyes? Today maybe you need your spiritual eyes opened to the truth of who Yeshua is. You may also need to wash in the pool of the Sent One. Come today and He will wash you and He will open your blinded spiritual eyes to see truth and light.  At first you too, may begin to see the trees from the forest, as they say, but if you continue with Yeshua, your eyes will be made wide open and more light will enter in, and you will be healed and made whole.

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