WALKING ON THE WORD
"After saying this He spat on the ground, made some mud with the saliva and put it on the man's eyes. 'Go,' He told him, 'wash in the pool Siloam' (this word means "Sent"). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing." John 9:6-7 (NIV).
What was that; a new kind of eye salve? That was a strange way to heal a man, or was it? What was it that Jesus asked the man to put his trust in -- the mud on his eyes, or in the word that He spoke?
How easy it would have been for the blind man to have been side-tracked by what Jesus did to him, and put his faith in that rather than in the simple instruction Jesus gave him. Had he not obeyed Jesus he might have sat around with mud on his eyes waiting for his miracle until the day he died.
Remember Elisha and Naaman the Syrian general? He was also given an instruction by the prophet which he pooh-poohed because it didn't suit him. It was humiliating for him to wash in the muddy Jordan rather than in the clear stream in his homeland. He almost missed his miracle because of his silly pride!
Washing in the Jordan River and washing off the mud in the Pool of Siloam were only the means of testing the obedience of the sufferers. Acting on the word was what triggered their healing.
In John 1 John introduced Jesus as the Word who was with God from the beginning and who was God. Like the spoken word, Jesus is the manifestation of the Father in another form. He is the embodiment of what God has spoken. When He speaks He reveals and reflects the Father. Therefore, whenever He gave an instruction, the Father backed up His word by the action that brought the word to pass.
In John 8 we read that He sets us free from our slave-drivers -- implied -- when we put His teachings into practice. When we weave His word into our lives, we are like a wise builder who establishes his house on bedrock so that, when the storm blows in, it will not dislodge and destroy the house.
How often do we not put our faith in our faith rather than in what God has promised! Faith in the Word releases the power of God to honour His promise. The blind man's simple obedience brought the miracle he was not even expecting.
"His neighbours and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, 'Isn't this the same man who used to sit and beg?' Some claimed that he was. Others said, 'No, he only looks like him.' But he himself insisted, 'I am the man.'" John 9:8, 9 (NIV).
Strange, isn't it, that a blind beggar believed Jesus and risked making a fool of himself by obeying His word and was rewarded with a miracle! Yet some of the bystanders made fools of themselves by denying that the man who used to beg was the same man who now could see. How stubborn and wilfully blind can a person be to deny the obvious and forfeit the miracle of spiritual sight.
Were the people who denied the identity of the healed man afraid of the Jews? Probably, otherwise there is no reason for their foolishness unless they too, stubbornly resisted the idea that Jesus was their Messiah.
It reminds me of the men and women who stubbornly believe that the universe just "happened" when common sense screams out that everything that is made has to have a maker. Nothing just "happens"! Slime doesn't become complex creatures who perfectly function in their environment. Behind their foolish insistence that evolution is fact is the refusal to believe in a Creator God because they do not want to be accountable to Him.
Unfortunately for those who refuse to believe the truth, it will not change or go away to suit them. Like some of the people who denied that the healed man was the erstwhile blind beggar, those who deny the existence of God rob themselves of the miracle of true sight. How surprised they would be if, in the process of acknowledging Jesus, they found out what life is really all about and experience the joy of being reconnected to their Creator!
Are you walking on the Word?
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