The Things We Don’t Understand

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: 1 Chronicles 25-27; John 9:1-23

13 Then they led the man who had been born blind to the Pharisees.14 Now Jesus made the mud and smeared it on the man’s eyes on a Sabbath day. 15 So Pharisees also asked him how he was able to see.

The man told them, “He put mud on my eyes, I washed, and now I see.”

16 Some Pharisees said, “This man isn’t from God, because he breaks the Sabbath law.” Others said, “How can a sinner do miraculous signs like these?” So they were divided. 17 Some of the Pharisees questioned the man who had been born blind again: “What do you have to say about him, since he healed your eyes?”

He replied, “He’s a prophet.”

18 The Jewish leaders didn’t believe the man had been blind and received his sight until they called for his parents. 19 The Jewish leaders asked them, “Is this your son? Are you saying he was born blind? How can he now see?”

20 His parents answered, “We know he is our son. We know he was born blind. 21 But we don’t know how he now sees, and we don’t know who healed his eyes. Ask him. He’s old enough to speak for himself.” 22 His parents said this because they feared the Jewish authorities. This is because the Jewish authorities had already decided that whoever confessed Jesus to be the Christ would be expelled from the synagogue.23 That’s why his parents said, “He’s old enough. Ask him.”

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, “Math was invented by demon possessed people who are out to drive us all nuts.” Why do I say it? Because it’s true (that last part was for my wife who says, “Math is your friend.” I would say she is nuts but then again, she married me, that confirms it). Really, I say it because I don’t understand it. My late mother-in-law used to tell me that I had to have missed something early on and just never caught up. I guess she could be right.

There are many things I don’t understand. I also think computer printers are demonic. As long as they work and do the job they are supposed to do, we get along fine. When they fail, however, I usually get upset after I mess with it for a while and then get frustrated with it until somehow I happen on the problem/ Well that, or I call Cindy to come fix “her” printer. The computer, I’m fine with that (well, most of the time). Printers are a different story altogether.

I know plenty of people who think the computer is the same problem. Why are we like this? We are afraid of what we don’t understand.

In today’s lesson, I would argue that the Pharisees behave in much that way. They don’t know how Jesus does all his miracles. They say as much. “Some Pharisees said, ‘This man isn’t from God, because he breaks the Sabbath law.’ Others said, ‘How can a sinner do miraculous signs like these?’ So they were divided.”

When the Pharisees couldn’t understand, they reached for what they did know, Jesus was working on the Sabbath! I ask you this, good reader, how much work is it to mix a little dirt with some water, not a lot of dirt and water, to make enough mud to cover a man’s eyes. I guess it is better to let someone who has always been blind continue to be blind.

In the Pharisees, we find a group with no love, a group with no compassion. The thing to me is, they knew the law. The knew the law well. That knowledge would have included what they asked of Jesus, what was the most important commandment and agreed with Jesus that it was love. How quickly we sometimes forget.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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