In John 9 Jesus uses His spit with some dirt to make mud, then rubbed it on a blind man’s eyes, abd when he washed it off he could see.
Then in mark 8 Jesus spits on a blind man’s eyes, then touches them with His hands, and then the man can see.
These always seemed strange to me, because, although there may be a time or two I’m forgetting, the vast majority of the time Jesus does His miracles just by speaking it. “rise, take up your bed, and walk” is all it took to heal a paralytic, and even less was required when he rose Lazarus and that other girl from the dead. So why do other steps need to be involved to restore sight? I know there are other times where Jesus restores people’s sight in the regular way, by speaking, but that just makes me wonder more, why the spit the other times?
It’s even more confusing to me that in mark, after Jesus spits on the mans eyes, he asks if he can see well, and he says he can only see shapes, so Jesus has to go in again and touch his eyes with his hands and then his vision is perfect. I know this isn’t true, but it almost seems like Jesus was having a hard time accomplishing the miracle. I don’t remember another time where Jesus attempted to do something and initially failed.
Is there some message here or symbolism I’m not getting?