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 Siloam" (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.
8 Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, “Is not this he who sat and begged?”
9 Some said, “This is he.” Others said, “He is like him.” He said, “I am he.”
10 Therefore they said to him, “How were your eyes opened?”
11 He answered and said, “A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.”
12 Then they said to him, “Where is He?” He said, “I do not know.”
Christ healed the man unasked.
Twice before, Jesus used spit:
- And He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers in his ears, and He spat and touched his tongue (Mark 7:33).
- So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything (Mark 8:23)
Here, perhaps, the spit was a reminder that He'd formed man of the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7). The miracle proved He was the creator.
Go wash (v. 7) — a test of faith. The man's faith was blind faith — he could hear but could not see Jesus.
Of the recorded miracles, more blind (five) are healed than any other healing. This was proof He was the promised King.
- In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness (Isaiah 29:18).
- Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped (Isaiah 35:5).
- To open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness from the prison house (Isaiah 42:7).
The man didn't mention (v. 11) that Christ spit because he didn't see it. Support (not that it's needed) of the truthfulness of the account.
Physically, the man gained sight instantly. Spiritually, sight came gradually. In verse 11, he refers to Christ as the "man called Jesus." In verse 17, it was "Prophet." In verses 32-22, he said He "came from God." In verses 35-39, "He was the Son of Man."