Read John 9:1-12
He said this and then spit in the dust, made a clay paste with the saliva, rubbed the paste on the blind man’s eyes, and said, “Go, wash at the Pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “Sent”). The man went and washed– and saw.
There is such depth in scripture. One of the reasons why we can spend a lifetime in this living word of God is because there are endless layers of depth and meaning… often subtle details that breathe new life into even the most familiar stories. It is hard to know for sure the author’s intent, but sometimes I feel like the “where” in a story is like an additional character who speaks subtle, but important lines. In this great and famous healing story Jesus sends the man to wash in the pool of Siloam, and John gives us this parenthetical detail about Siloam. It means “sent.” I wonder if this is a subtle but important hint from the author about how one might respond to God’s healing.
When physical healing happens, we see a glimpse of the Kingdom of God. I say it all the time. In God’s Kingdom there is no sickness or disease or suffering so when we pray for healing we simply pray the way Jesus taught us to pray, “…your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” The man in this story was healed and is now a living breathing example of the Kingdom come. He is now “sent” to proclaim the Kingdom of God by the telling his own story. Siloam means “sent”. I wonder if in this setting the author is also offering a subtle, but important reminder that there is always much more going on than just our personal investment in the story.