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Bethsaida was a cursed city. Christ himself had already cursed this city and so now refused to do another miracle within this city (Mk. 8:23; Mt. 11:21). Jesus took the blind man by his hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. But think with me about these familiar details. Jesus takes his spit and rubs it on the blind man’s eyes. This is a bit odd, don’t you think? Jesus takes spit from his own mouth and applies it to the one who is so severely afflicted by the venom of sin’s curse. Jesus wanted to bring awareness that fluid from his body could save people from the curses. This would not be the last time that fluid from within Jesus would become symbolic for healing of those afflicted by the curse. When Christ was hanging on the Cross between two thieves, between Heaven and earth, between God and man, He paid the penalty for "all" our sins — sins of the past, present and future. No more sacrifice. Our sins are so remitted as if they were never committed. Total justification! If we sin today we have Christ advocating for us before the Father. But we are to walk in the light. That is, we must walk in all openness and transparency before God, acknowledging our sinfulness. The blood of the Lamb of God will "keep cleansing" us. Like a perennial river running over the pebbles we are under the cleansing stream of Immanuel's blood (1 Jn 1:7; 2:1). Our sins of omission are more in number than those of commission. Never a moment can we afford to be outside the Blood! Fluid from the body of Jesus (his blood) is a total remission of sins and curses of mankind! Similarly God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul in an "extraordinary" way (Acts 19:8-20). So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them. Handkerchiefs are meant for personal hygiene purposes such as wiping one's fluids from the face, or blowing one's nose. From this incident "Blessed Cloth" have been commercialized and is too obvious. It was a situation of direct confrontation with those who publicly maligned Christianity, and with the counterfeits and magicians. Use of such cloth pieces from preachers did not become a regular practice in the Church. As we saw earlier, God does not anoint a cloth piece. Advertising "Blessed Cloth" for healing today is therefore in violation of the whole counsel of God concerning the healing ministry of the Church.
Lev. 15 declares spit as an unclean discharge and that a man who's been spit upon must wash himself with water and remain unclean until evening. Indeed, Jesus instructed the blind man to wash himself of the mud in the pool of Siloam (Sent) and was healed. The only other reference to spitting I could find was Nu. 12:14, regarding Miriam's curse of leprosy for her and Aaron's slandering of Moses, where God said , "If her father had spit in her face, would she not have been in disgrace for seven days?" After her period of shame, she was healed and let back into the camp. Dreaded illnesses such as leprosy, blindness, deafness, or muteness could be seen as a curse, a sign that God has spit in that person's face. Jesus' disciples even asked whether it was the blind man's or his parents' sin that caused him to be born blind. But Jesus answered that it was neither and that the condition existed only to show God's power in his life. Jesus spitting was tantamount to God himself spitting. Except in these cases, a sign of curses from God was turned into a blessing and healing in God's son. It seems to be symbolic of Jesus bearing a curse for us that we might receive blessing. When He was taken into custody, He was beaten and spat upon by the Pharisees and Romans. Jesus was able to take a sign of contempt and turn it into a blessing, the proverbial "beauty from ashes" that God is known for.
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