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The Pool of Siloam

The Pool of Siloam was located in Jerusalem, in or near the lower Tyropoeon Valley, southeast of the hill of Zion (see also Who, What or Where Is Zion?). Known since early Bible History, Siloam (also rendered Siloah) was referred to twice by Jesus Christ, once as an object lesson about repentance, and once in the healing of a blind man, which was also a matter of repentance, a healing of spiritual blindless.

"For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind"

Siloam, or Siloah, is first mentioned in the Holy Scriptures in the time of the return from the Babylonian exile (see Why Babylon?) when the people of Judah were rebuilding the devastated city of Jerusalem (see Nehemiah).

Pool at Jerusalem

"But the gate of the fountain repaired Shallun the son of Colhozeh, the ruler of part of Mizpah; he built it, and covered it, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof, and the wall of the pool of Siloah by the king's garden, and unto the stairs that go down from the city of David." (Nehemiah 3:15 KJV)

An incident about when "the tower in Siloam fell" was used by Jesus Christ in a stark lesson about the vital need for people to repent, while they still have time, in order to be saved:

"There were present at that season some that told Him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."

"He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?"

"And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down" (Luke 13:1-9 KJV)

In the process of healing a blind man, Jesus Christ told him "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam." Paradoxically, the unbelieving Pharisees who witnessed the physical healing of that blind man did not recognize the miracle because of their spiritual blindness, which they could have been healed of, just as the man who had been healed of his physical blindness had been, if they, like him, had been repentant. Instead, they not only rejected the Christ, but they also cast away the man who the Christ healed.

"And as Jesus passed by, He saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked Him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?"

Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent Me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." [see also Let There Be Light]

"When He had thus spoken, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and He anointed [see also Ointment] the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, which is by interpretation, Sent. He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing."

"The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged? Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he."

"Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened?"

"He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight."

"Then said they unto him, Where is he?"

"He said, I know not."

"They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind. And it was the Sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see."

"Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because He keepeth not the Sabbath day
[Important Note: Jesus Christ did not observe the Sabbath according to how it came to be incorrectly observed according to the "traditions of men." Jesus Christ kept the Sabbath according to the true Word of God because Jesus Christ never sinned; see Did Jesus Break The Law? and "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it Holy"]

Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them. They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet. But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight."

"And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see? His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind: But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself. These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue. Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him."

"Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner."

"He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see. Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes?"

"He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? Will ye also be His disciples?"

"Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art His disciple; but we are Moses' disciples [Important Note: Jesus Christ also answered that false accusation by proving that His accusers were actually Hypocrites]. We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence He is."

"The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes. Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. If this man were not of God, he could do nothing."

"They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out."

"Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God?"

"He answered and said, Who is He, Lord, that I might believe on Him?"

"And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen Him, and it is He that talketh with thee."

"And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped Him."

"And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind." (John 9:1-39 KJV)

Fact Finder: What other pool was there in Jerusalem where the Christ healed people?
See Bethesda


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