Not in the eyes!
After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes.
John 9:6 (NIV)
My children were playing in a sandpit today and, as often happens, sand started getting thrown about. My immediate response was to caution against throwing sand – drawing particular attention to the harm it could cause if it were to go in someone’s eyes. My reaction would be the same if they were throwing mud! This made me reflect that it was a little strange, to me at least, that Jesus would use mud on the blind man’s eyes when He healed him. Mud is full of bacteria and is certainly not clean enough to go near eyes!
One thought is that scripture tells us that Jesus healed at least four blind individuals and each time He heals it’s done in a different way. This tells us that Jesus works differently with each of us; He interacts with us as individuals because He knows us so personally. We can take encouragement from this and can resist comparing our journey to others; Jesus walks a different path with each of us.
Another thought is that Jesus can use anything to achieve His objectives – He uses mud to heal a blind man. He can use whatever seemingly insignificant gifts or talents we have in order to fulfil His perfect purposes. So don’t dismiss the little you feel you have, Jesus can turn it to His good purpose.
My last thought is that there may be many other takes on this particular passage of scripture and that’s what is wonderful about the Bible. You or I can look at the same few verses and God can speak to each of us in a unique way. When we come together and share our thoughts and insights, we spark off one another, and learn from each other. How exciting!
Father, there really is such deep meaning in all of scripture – it is a treasure trove. Give us endlessly inquisitive hearts that seek you more and more in your precious word. In Jesus’ sweet name, Amen.
Study by Sinead Henderson
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Sinead Henderson attends the Northampton congregation of Grace Communion International
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