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A View from the Altar / Here’s looking at you, kid
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Here’s looking at you, kid

John 9 tells about a blind guy whose sight Christ restored by means of spitting on the ground, making clay, and rubbing it into the man’s eyes.  He told the man to go wash his eyes, which he did, and the man’s sight was instantly healed.

This occurred on the Sabbath day which naturally set the Pharisees twitching.  Healing was strictly forbidden by their interpretation of the fourth commandment.  From Edersheim’s Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah, here’s a snippet on the Sabbath laws about healing:

A plaster might be worn, provided its object was to prevent the wound from getting worse, not to heal it, for that would have been a work…  A person might go about with wadding in his ear…  If the wadding fell out of the ear, it could not be replaced. Some indeed, thought that its healing virtues lay in the oil in which it had been soaked, and which had dried up, but others ascribed them to the warmth of the wadding itself. In either case there was danger of healing — of doing anything for the purpose of a cure…

Our Savior exposed all this as perfectly absurd.  He made war on it because it hurts people, and he made a point of doing special acts of healing on Sabbath days.  This was no exception, and after several rounds of irritable inquiry, the Pharisees ultimately concluded that Christ could not be from God because he healed on the Sabbath day.  The formerly blind guy didn’t agree.  “This one thing I know, that whereas I was blind, I now see.  If this man were not of God he could do nothing.”  So the Pharisees summarily kicked him out.  As Cobra Bubbles said, aliens are all about rules.

Later in the day, Jesus came walking by and spoke to him.  “Do you believe in the Son of God?”  “Who is he, Lord, that I might believe?”  “You have seen him,” replied the Master, whereupon this new convert confessed his belief and worshiped the Lord.  God wrought a work of grace in this guy’s life, and he would not be talked out of it by the pettifogging of religious bureaucrats who never knew God or tasted of his grace.

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One Comment

  1. Ole Rocker

    Our Lord has a way of getting “in your face”.

    Posted on 14-Mar-11 at 9:01 am | Permalink

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