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Models of the Sabbath

One of the questions often asked is why do we have disabilities. Why is that man blind, or this person left with intellectual challenges, or another in a wheelchair, or that veteran without a leg.

Some go seeking blame. The man is blind because of this genetic problem. or there was a war, or a road crash, or side effects of medications. Sometimes people take the least bad option, in the hope nothing will go wrong, but things do go awry.

But Christ has a different view. Such people show the glory of God, for as they are healed people praise him. Though Miracles, officially, do not exist, they still happen.

And those who think they have a model of this world are quite confident in their ignorance. The world has more strange things than even Lovecraft could imagine.

H.P. Lovecraft.

John 9:1-17

1As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. 4We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. 5As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, 7saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see. 8The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” 9Some were saying, “It is he.” Others were saying, “No, but it is someone like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” 10But they kept asking him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” 11He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ Then I went and washed and received my sight.” 12They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”

13They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. 14Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. 15Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put mud on my eyes. Then I washed, and now I see.” 16Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not observe the sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?” And they were divided. 17So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him? It was your eyes he opened.” He said, “He is a prophet.”

I have Jewish friends who work the Sabbath despite being Orthodox, for they are physicians, and it is seen a duty to do good and to heal on the Sabbath. You don’t wait until Saturday dusk if someone has a hole in their aorta.

In that, the Rabbis — and note that the remaining Rabbis are Pharisees — said that Christ did not break the law. But the model of those in the Synagogue did not allow for this.

They expected the divine to follow human regulations, when he came to correct them.

And deal with our fallen time, with our fallen models of the world, the Church, and Christ.

Do not follow such.

 

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