Jesus wasn’t ” marginalized in His Ministry “. Because He was God, Our Dearest Father. He was the cause and the embodiment of the gift of Salvation. Nothing is impossible for Him; And the apparent “ opposition ” on earth was just a tool for Him in order to elaborate, and give a living testimony that He was the ” light of men ” the world was expecting – The Messiah. ( John 1: 4 – 5 ).
However, the couple of lessons draw from Luke: 10 -17 promised yesterday are:
- first; the synagogue leader’s complaint is, on the surface a faithful reading of the Torah: ” The seventh day was set aside by God for Israel’s rest and work was prohibited on the Sabbath ” ( Exodus 31: 14 );
- second; Jesus’ response is not a rejection of the Torah rulings about the Sabbath ( Luke 13: 15 ). These kinds of discussions were common in Jewish dialogue regarding the Sabbath. Then Jesus argues for healing on the Sabbath based on the great worth of the woman as ” a daughter of Abraham ” and the appropriateness of healing on the Sabbath. What better day to heal ( bring freedom ) than on the Sabbath?
The Bible says: ” If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. ” – Luke 6: 29.
These are hard lessons for followers, having flesh and blood; and living in this world dominated by sin, and indiscriminate violence as it perfect expression. But, if we are thoroughly grounded in the faith of Christ love, this will make his commands easy to us. Every one that comes to him for washing in His blood, and knows the greatness of the mercy and the love there is in Him, can say, in truth and sincerity, Lord, what will you have me to do? Let us then, aim to be merciful, even according to the mercy of our heavenly Father to us.
Furthermore, Matthew 5: 39 is more illustrative of Jesus’s Christ admonishment ” resist not evil shall smite turn to Him the other also. “
This Scripture is quoted by more followers who admire the words as painting , as ideal meekness. But most followers feel also that they cannot act on them literally; That to make the attempt, as has been done by some whom the world calls ” dreamers or fanatics “, would throw society into confusion and make the ” meek ” the victims. The questions meet us therefore, were they meant to be obeyed in the letter; and if not, what do they command? And the answer is found: (1) in remembering that Our Lord Himself, when smitten by the servant of the high priest, protested, though He did not resist ( John 18: 22 – 23 )….
TO BE CONTINUE TOMORROW…