Blessings… On Being Critical

As they were leaving, people brought to him a man who was demon-possessed and unable to speak. When Jesus had thrown out the demon, the man who couldn’t speak began to talk. The crowds were amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees said, “He throws out demons with the authority of the ruler of demons” (Matthew 9:32-34, Common English Bible)

We have been in chapter nine for several days and now we are bringing the chapter to a close. Tomorrow we will finish.

During the time we have been in chapter nine, there have been several stories of Jesus’ healing people. Six to be exact. There was a paralyzed man, followed by a deceased little girl and a woman with a chronic bleeding condition. Yesterday there two blind men and today we have a man who couldn’t speak because of the demons he had inside him.

As Jesus went through the healing process, he cast out a demon. Most of the folks who saw it were amazed. Though it isn’t too much of a stretch that such an idea would not hold water with the Pharisees. They were not amused. They sound like the person who is critical of everything. “Yes I know he gave me $1000 but what about the other day when he didn’t even say hello.”

Others are praising the work of Jesus. “He is amazing,” they would say. “We’ve never seen anything like this.”

The response from the Pharisees would be along the lines of, “Yeah, sure. He has authority, but not anything more from sinners than we already point to. “And sure, he has healed some people, but what about his casting out of demons? He does it like a real pro. But what about the demons he didn’t cast out. What about the people who still don’t believe.

There will always be nay-sayers. And, it really is easy for us to get caught up in things and take a journey to the negative. We make a difference when we don’t take a look at the motives of others and instead worry about how we can help manifest healing and wholeness in the world around us.

How can you help bring healing and wholeness.

Have a blessed day in the Lord?

Joy, Peace and Thanksgiving,

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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