If you tried to read Monday's post, I hope you had a good laugh. But no one made any comments so it makes me wonder...
In looking at Jesus as a prophet, I continue to find similarities between what he did and what prophets in the Old Testament did. Here are some further examples:
Jesus Performs Miracles
John 2: 7-8 Jesus said to them, "Fill the jars with water." And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, "Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward." So they took it.
1 Kings 17: 13-14 Elijah said to her, "Do not be afraid; go and do as you have said; but first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterwards make something for yourself and your son. For thus says the Lord the God of Israel: the jar of meal will not be emptied and the jug of oil will not fail until the day that the Lord sends rain on the earth."
Jesus Confronts Royalty
Luke 13: 32a He said to them, "Go and tell that fox ....'"
2 Samuel 12: 7a Nathan said to David, "You are the man!"
Jesus Raises the Dead
Mark 5: 41-42 He took her by the hand and said to her, "Talitha cum," which means, "Little girl, get up!" And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years old).
2 Kings 4:35 He got down, walked once to and fro in the room, then got up again and bent over him; the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. Elisha summoned Gehazi and said, "Call the Shunammite woman." So he called her. When she came to him, he said, "Take your son."
There are more but I think you can get the idea. What this kind of comparison does for me is to make me realize all the signs of Jesus' ministry that let everyone know that he was at the very least a special God-called person. Why were the religious authorities so resistant to him? Why did they choose to ignore the signs?
I suppose for the same reasons we ignore the signs of God's breaking-in, God's calling and God's special emphases today.
God, forgive us when we ignore what you are doing this very day in the world. Help us to be more aware and to accept and believe. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2009 Amelia G. Sims