Bible Study & Devotional
Guiding Scripture: John 9:6-7 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.
🔴 Go Wash in the Pool!
Could you close your eyes and keep them closed? Now suppose your only means of seeing is to have someone spit (could have hocked and spit to get a good amount of saliva) on dirt to make mud in which He then puts on your eyes as a paste. (note: the soil dries and cakes, and you need water to get the earthy paste removed).
Your eyes are still closed, and you are told to wash in the Pool of Siloam. Keep in mind that you cannot see! In the Book of Nehemiah chapter 3, we learn that this Pool, sheep gate, and surrounding areas were repaired. The Pool of Siloam is likely the same water system from the Gihon spring.
Imagine feeling your way around as you clamored about being directed perhaps by memory or sound. Quite possibly, someone noticed him and offered assistance, much like our Lord carrying the cross to Calvary. How odd this blind man must have looked with caked mud covering his eyes. No wonder he couldn’t see! Would you have offered wash to his face off? Could you understand why he would refuse? The Master told him to wash in the Pool of Siloam, and he was obedient to the One he knew could heal.
Perhaps we need to humble ourselves and not fear following Jesus’ commands to the letter. Be bold with God who has gone before you. Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
As we walk blindfolded or spiritually closed off, let’s think about our posture in front of the Pool. When the Prophet Elisha told Naaman (2 Kings 5:10-13) to wash in the Jordan River, he became angry. Let us not stubbornly allow our flesh to delay our healing.
Let’s Pray: Heavenly Father, we are unworthy to stand in your shadow not alone in the Pool of Siloam but for the blood of Jesus and His redemptive mercy and grace. Thank you. Please help us to recognize our shortcomings, our prejudices, our hypocrisy, and injustices that we show to others and by doing so to you. Please forgive us and renew a clean heart and attitude to serve you as we serve others in love. Amen
~Diana L.W. Coleman
This devotional was submitted by Diana L.W. Coleman, a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose. Edited by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan
Deuteronomy 2:1-3:29, Luke 6:12-38, Psalm 67:1-7, Proverbs 11:27