Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 15, 2011

Spit

Filed under: Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:40 am

Mk 7:33 After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue.

Mk 8:23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?”

Jn 9:6 Having said this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes.

Here are three different occurrences when Jesus healed by spitting.  He never explained why he did this so we can only guess.  He healed people many different ways: touching, speaking, responding to someone’s faith – not necessarily the one being healed, by someone else’s imitative, by His own initiative.  He was never tied down to any one method.  This shows us there are many methods God can choose to answer our prayers.  In John with the blind man Jesus could have applied the saliva mud and touched his eyes because they were probably gummed up and he probably couldn’t open them on his own.  Then Jesus reached out and touched His eyes again.  Jesus used a combination of natural means (the opening of the eye lids) and miraculous means – the sight restored after the eyes were open.  Here again is a lesson for us.  We must open our hearts and minds and look to God to be able to see with our spiritual eyes.  As the man’s healing was gradual, so is our spiritual vision and growth.  Our oneness in Christ is a gradual process.   We must be willing for Him to touch us over and over again, healing all areas of our life and bringing us to consistent spiritual sight to let His light shine brighter and brighter through our lives.  His means may not be our choice.  Who wants someone’s spit on them?  His means is not our choice.  We must be willing to walk where and through whatever it takes to burn out our sin nature and bring in His light.

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