“He spit on the ground and made clay from the spittle and He placed this clay upon his eyes.”
Here’s the story from the book of John 9:6-7 when Jesus encounters a blind man:
6 After saying this, Jesus spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes.
OK, so right here, Jesus spits on the ground. My first reaction was, “Isn’t that kind of insulting, to spit?” Then he makes mudpies by mixing the spit and the dirt on the ground. Then He takes the mudpie and puts it on the man’s eyes. So here is this guy standing here with mud on his face. He was blind, so he couldn’t see the stares of those around him. You know people were watching this! Also notable, which they didn’t know at the time, is spit contains our DNA. People are spitting into tubes all over the world to send to 23andMe. Imagine Jesus’ spit?! The DNA of God. Mixed with dirt, also known as “the dust of the earth” from which Adam and mankind was created. So Jesus has mixed the elements of earth, the fleshly part of us, with His own DNA, the God part, and placed it on this man’s eyes. Surely this would have been enough to heal his eyes?
It’s only Part 1.
7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
Jesus tells the man to go to the Pool of Siloam and wash the mud off. This man, looking like a fool with mud on his eyes, walked through town while everyone watched, and went to the Pool and washed.
He did what Jesus told him to do. Obedience to God was critical for him to obtain his healing. He had to step out in faith, no matter what it looked like in the natural and do what God told him to do. THEN the miracle manifested.
That was Part 2.
Of course, after his healing he had to deal with interrogation by the Pharisees, who want to keep God in their neat little box and don’t like it when people go outside the lines. (John 9:13-41)
Just another picture of God performing works outside of what people consider “normal”. We may look foolish to those people for a short time, but when the miracle manifests, we are are vindicated.
Sadly, there will always be those who stand by to criticize or try to steal God’s glory.