Siloám Part 1: The Pool Of Siloám.

John 9:1-6

1″Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. 2 And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 

3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. 4 I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

6 When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. 7 And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloám” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.”

Jesus must have smiled inside when the disciples asked Him the question in the opening scripture. 🤭 I don’t think they really thought it through very well. I mean, how could this man’s OWN sin, being blind FROM BIRTH mind you, have been responsible for his own blindness? 🤔 I can just hear Him chuckling.

Generational Curse.

Because they were still under the law and Jesus had not yet died, they were thinking, of course, of the dreaded generational curse when they asked their question. We today, THANKFULLY, have been completely delivered from that and ALL curses because of the cross.  AMEN! But at that time in history, it was a different story.

(For more on the topic of the generational curse and why it no longer has any claim on us, you may follow the link below:

Pictures Of Jesus.

Seems odd that Jesus would spit on the ground to make clay and put it on this blind man’s eyes, doesn’t it? 🤔  You’d think it would make the man even more blind. But as usual, He has great purpose in everything He does. The Holy Spirit has chosen to include this story in the Bible to teach us spiritual truths.

When you think about it, what happened here was so amazing! This wonderful Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Creator of all the universes, the One Who spoke to Moses from a burning bush, made the sun stand still in the sky in Joshua’s day, and parted the Red Sea, THAT JESUS…..STOPPED in His tracks.  Was it for some dignitary or a person of great importance? No. He turned around and stopped at the cry of a poor, blind beggar. 🥰

After anointing the man’s eyes with clay, He told him to go and wash in the pool of “Siloám;” (see-low-ÁM). This Hebrew word literally means “Sent One.”

Why Clay?

Why did Jesus make clay?  Why not simply touch the man’s eyes?  For countless others, He never even touched them, but simply spoke to them.  He even spoke words of healing when the Centurion’s servant was a great distance away, yet he was healed.  But for some reason, He made clay for this man and put it on his eyes.  


Jesus did this to show all who witnessed this miracle that He is The One Who created all things.  He is the One Who formed man out of clay.

You see, when Jesus first came to Israel they were as blind spiritually as this man was blind physically. They couldn’t see that He was their Messiah, The One sent to them;  the One for Whom they had waited centuries to meet.  He was here! Right here!… their midst!

After anointing his eyes with clay, Jesus told him the man to go and wash in the pool of Siloám and he would receive his sight, which he did.

Siloám Unearthed.

In the summer of 2004 in Modern-day Israel, this ancient pool was uncovered by Israeli archeologists.  It is as if God purposely restored it to Israel for such a time in history as this. This is no coincidence!  You see, more of our Jewish brethren than ever before in history are washing the “Clay” off their own spiritual eyes and they are being opened to see Jesus as their Messiah.  HALLELUJAH! They are seeing Jesus at last as The One; The Sent One, their Messiah:  Their Siloám.

You may follow the link below to part 2 to continue this series:

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