At every turn, Jesus had conflict with the Pharisees. He had harshly condemned them because of their greed and wickedness, so why did they invite Him to dinner (Luke 11:37-52)? Why did He accept their invitation?
After rubbing dirt and saliva in the blind man’s eyes, Jesus sent the man to the pool of Siloam (John 9:6-7). John tells us that Siloam means “sent.” How the pool earned this name is not clear. Jesus, who was sent by the Father, sent the blind man to wash in a pool called sent. The man is healed and quickly becomes a witness of the power of Christ.
After He (Jesus) said these things He spit on the ground, made some mud from the saliva, and spread the mud on his eyes. “Go,” He told him, “wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means “Sent”). So he left, washed, and came back seeing. – John 9:6-7
Jesus put spit and dirt in the blind man’s eyes! We know that Jesus healed others with just a word or a touch. In fact, Jesus healed some, like the Roman centurion’s servant, who’s physical location was many miles away (Luke 7:1-10). Why use mud?
There he sat in total darkness. There was light all around but he could not comprehend it. When Jesus and His disciples came upon this man who was blind from birth, the disciples wanted to turn the man’s tragic situation into a theological discussion. They asked, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind” (John 9:2)? Jesus said “neither” and preceded to move the conversation toward revelation and compassion.