Therefore they asked him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and told me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So when I went and washed I received my sight.” John 9:10-11 HCSB
When I visited Israel I had the opportunity to visit the pool of Siloam which is located inside the city walls of Jerusalem. It was built during the reign of King Hezekiah about 711 B.C. Having a protected water source was essential to defend the city against any enemies. The pool was created by cutting a tunnel through solid rock from the spring of Gihon. The pool is 71 feet long by 75 feet wide. There are steps along one side. The name “siloam” meant “sent” or “sending,” probably referring to the waters being sent to the pool from the spring of Gihon.
The pool of Siloam was the place where Jesus displayed His power and might by healing the blind beggar. Just as these waters were sent from a spring, Jesus was sent by God to the world not only to provide a way for our sins to be forgiven and restore a right relationship with God the Father, but He was also sent to the blind beggar to restore his sight. Even though Jesus demonstrated His great power, the man’s neighbors doubted and questioned if the man healed was actually the man they knew.
Challenge: Why do some people doubt the power of God and the ability of Jesus to perform miracles of healing? Do not doubt God’s great power or His ability to perform miracles even today. When you do have feelings of doubt, look to the lives of other believers and observe how God is working in miraculous ways.