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A Witnessed Life…

Posted: June 28, 2012 in Jesus The Answer?

Looking for a witness to life? Jesus has promised to care about everything, the so-called good things, the so-called bad things, the so-called terrible things and the so-called mundane things. All of it! He says that my life will not go unnoticed because He will notice it. He says my life will not go unwitnessed because He will witness it.

THE WORD OF GOD SAYS I AM:

 1.  God’s child for I am born again of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God which lives and abides forever…. 1 Pet. 1:23

2.    Forgiven of all my sins and washed in the blood…….. Eph. 1:7, Heb. 9:14

3.    A new creature…………………………………………………… II Cor. 5:17

4.    The temple of the Holy Spirit……………………………….. I Cor. 6:19

5.    Delivered from the power of darkness and translated into God’s kingdom……………………………………………. Col. 1:13

6.    Redeemed from the curse of the law……………………… I Pet. 1:18, 19; Gal. 3:13

7.    Blessed……………………………………………………………… Deut. 28:1-14; Gal. 3:9

8.    A saint……………………………………………………………….Rom.1:7; Cor. 1:2; Phil. 1:1

9.    The head and not the tail……………………………………… Deut. 28:13

10.   Above only and not beneath………………………………… Deut. 28:13

11.   Holy and without blame before HIM in love elect……. …. I Pet. 1:15; Eph. 1:4

12.   Elect…………………………………………………………………. Col. 3:12;Rom.8:33

13.   Established to the end………………………………………….. 1Cor. 1:8

14.   Made nigh by the blood of Christ………………………….. Eph. 2:13

15.   Victorious…………………………………………………………. Rev. 21:7

16.   Set Free…………………………………………………………….. Jn. 8:31-33

17.   Strong in the Lord………………………………………………. Eph. 6:10

18.   Dead to sin………………………………………………………… Rom. 6:2, 11; 1 Pet. 2:24

19.   More than a conqueror………………………………………… Rom. 8:37

20.   Joint heirs with Christ…………………………………………. Rom. 5:17

21.   Sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise…………………… Eph. 1:13

22.   In Christ Jesus by His doing………………………………… 1 Cor. 1:30

23.   Accepted in the Beloved………………………………………. Eph. 1:6

24.   Completed in Him………………………………………………. Col. 2:10

25.   Crucified with Christ…………………………………………… Gal. 2:20

26.   Alive with Christ………………………………………………… Eph. 2:5

27.   Free from condemnation……………………………………… Rom 8:1

28.   Reconciled to God………………………………………………. II Cor. 5:18

29.   Qualified to share in his inheritance………………………. Col. 1:12

30.   Firmly rooted, built up, established in my faith & overflowing with gratitude…………………………………………………….. Col. 2:17

31.   A fellow citizen with the saints and of the household of God……………………………………………………………… Eph. 2:19

32.  Built upon the foundation of the apostles & prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the Chief Cornerstone……… …. Eph 2:20

33.   In the world as he is in heaven……………………………… 1 Jn. 4:17

34.   Born of God and the evil one does not touch me…….. …. 1        Jn. 4:17

35.   His faithful follower……………………………………………. Rev. 17:14; Eph. 5:1

36.   Overtaken with blessings…………………………………….. Deut. 28:2; Eph 1:3

38.   His disciple because I have love for others……………… Jn. 13:34-35

39.   The light of the world…………………………………………. Matt. 5:14

40.   The salt of the earth…………………………………………….. Matt. 5:13

41.   The righteousness of God……………………………………. II Cor. 5:21, I Pet 2:24

42.   A partaker of his divine nature……………………………… II Pet 1:4

43.   Called of God…………………………………………………….. II Tim.1:9

44.   The first fruits among His creation………………………… James 1:18

45.   Chosen……………………………………………………………… I Thes. 1:4; Eph 1:4;

46.   An ambassador for Christ……………………………………. II Cor. 5:20

47.   Gods workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works……………………………………………………………….. Eph. 2:10

48.   The apple of MY FATHER’S eye…………………………. Deut. 32:10; Ps. 17:8

49.   Healed by the stripes of JESUS…………………………….. 1 Pet. 2:24; Is. 53:6

50.   Being changed in His Image………………………………… II Cor. 3:18; Phil. 1:6

51.   Raised up with Christ and seated in heavenly places… Col. 2:12; Eph. 2:6

52.   Beloved of God………………………………………………….. Col. 3:12;Rom.1:7; 1

53.   One in Christ! Hallelujah!……………………………………. Jn. 17:21-23

THE WORD OF GOD SAYS I HAVE:

 54.   The mind of Christ……………………………………………… Phil. 2:5; I Cor. 2:16

55.   Obtained an inheritance……………………………………….. Eph. 1:11

56.   Access by one-Spirit unto the FATHER…………………. Heb. 4:16; Eph. 2:18

57.   Overcome the World…………………………………………… 1 Jn. 5:4

58.   Everlasting life and will not be condemned…………….. Jn. 5:24; Jn. 6:47

59.   The Peace of God which passes understanding……….. Phil. 4:7

60.   Received power. The power of the Holy Spirit. Power to lay hands on the sick and see them recover; power to cast out demons; power over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt me……………………………………………………. Mk. 16-17, 18b;

THE WORD OF GOD SAYS I LIVE:

61.   By and in the law of the Spirit of Life in CHRIST JESUS ……………………………………………………………..  Rom.8:2

62.   In Christ Jesus…………………………………………………….Col.2:6

THE WORD OF GOD SAYS I CAN:

 63.   Do all things in Christ Jesus…………………………………. Phil. 4:13

THE WORD OS GODS SAYS I SHALL:

 64. Do even greater works than Christ Jesus………………….. Jn. 14:12

THE WORD OF GOD SAYS I POSSESS:

 65.  The Greater One in me because greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world…………………………………………. I Jn. 4:4

THE WORD OF GOD SAYS I:

66.   Press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God……………………………………………………. Phil. 3:14

67.   Always triumph in Christ…………………………………….. II Cor. 2:14

68.   Show forth His praise…………………………………………. I Pet. 2:9

THE WORD OF GOD SAYS MY LIFE:

69. Is hid with Christ in God……………………………………….. Col. 3:3

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Conclusions

Posted: June 27, 2012 in Jesus The Answer?

In closing out this series i have a better understanding of the wickedness of unbelieving Jews, especially of unbelieving Jewish leaders. This man has been handicapped for 38 years. Jesus sees him and takes pity on him. Jesus heals him without even requiring faith of him. Jesus then seeks the man out, warning him about continuing in his sin. And what does this man do? He informs the Jewish leaders of Jesus identity. He knows that the Jews have already purposed to kill Jesus (as John tells us), then he turns Jesus over to be killed.

As a result of Jesus gracious miracle, these Jewish leaders are seen for who they are. They suppose that they love God and their fellow man, in obedience to the law of Moses. They expect to be the first to enter the kingdom of God. They expect a prominent leadership role in that kingdom. And yet when Jesus comes to town and heals a paralytic, their only concern is that the healed man is “walking illegally” (with his mat). They hardly seem to notice or care that the man is “walking”! How many miracles do i miss each day because i am distracted by the world? Am i missing the healing of God because i am too engulfed in my disabilities and the need to tell my story as to why i am in this place? No doubt there is some truth in both those thoughts.

This incident provides the occasion for Jesus to state very clearly who He is. Jesus tells these Jewish leaders who He is, and they don’t like it at all.

For me this may be the most important point of all. Who Jesus is makes all the difference in the world!

If Jesus is who He claims to be, then i would expect Him to have authority over sickness, demons, and even death. The signs which He performs show this to be the case. If He is the Son of God, then He also has the authority to act in God’s behalf, to act as God—healing on the Sabbath, forgiving sins, or cleansing the temple.

The most important question i will ever answer is this: “Who is Jesus Christ?” Jesus Christ is the Son of God, who speaks and acts for God, and as God. Jesus Christ is the “Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” He is the only One through whom my sins can be forgiven, the only way to heaven (John 14:6). It’s because of who He is that i am who i am. That does not make excuse for the sin that still waits at my door and i allow it to get a foot inside my heart. Yes, emphatically yes, i want to be made well!

Why Not All?

Posted: June 26, 2012 in Jesus The Answer?

“Why doesn’t Jesus heal the others who are at the pool of Bethesda? These are my thoughts. The hope is that they may stir you up to go and find your own answers.

Healing is a manifestation of God’s sovereign grace. No one deserves to be healed. i have no more right to complain about not being healed than i do to complain about not being a millionaire. If grace is undeserved, and sovereignly bestowed, then God is free to heal those whom He heals and not to heal the rest.

It’s wrong to conclude that those who are not healed by God are those from whom God’s grace has been withheld. i am not saying that those whom God heals are those who receive grace, and that those who are not healed are those from whom grace has been withheld. One’s physical affliction may be that which God uses to draw men to Him. How many healthy people came to Jesus for grace? But God may also use physical affliction in life to produce spiritual depth and growth, and thus to be a blessing to others (look at 2 Corinthians 1:3-11).

Look at a text which deals directly with the question:

29 Now as soon as they left the synagogue they went to the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30 Simon’s mother-in-law was lying down with a fever, so they spoke to Jesus at once about her. 31 He came and raised her by taking her hand. Then the fever left her and she began to serve them. 32 When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were sick and demon-possessed. 33 The whole town gathered by the door. 34 So he healed many sick with various diseases and drove out many demons. But he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. 35 Then Jesus got up in the darkness of the early morning and went out to a deserted place, and there he spent time in prayer. 36 Simon and his companions searched for him. 37 When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.” 38 He answered, “Let us go elsewhere, into the surrounding villages, so that I can preach there too. For that is what I came to do.” 39 So he went into all of Galilee preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons (Mark 1:29-39).

For Jesus, one healing leads to many healings. Jesus heals Simon Peter’s mother-in-law. Word gets out, and by evening, a crowd of sick people assemble outside the door. Jesus graciously heals those who gather. In the morning, an even greater multitude has gathered, and yet Jesus is nowhere to be found. Simon and his companions set out to look for Jesus and find Him praying. Simon’s words (paraphrased) are almost a rebuke: “Lord, where have you been! What are you doing out here, praying? There is a huge crowd of sick people waiting for you back at my mother-in-law’s house. Let’s get going; there’s work to do!”

Jesus knows that this is a never-ending problem. The more He heals, the more will come to Him for healing. The more who come, the more time He will spend healing. Jesus knows what His mission is. His mission is not primarily to heal, but to proclaim the good news of the gospel. In importance, His healing ministry is secondary. He is a man who “teaches with authority,” by not only speaking about God’s grace, but by demonstrating it! Jesus may heal selectively because man’s primary problem is not sickness, but sin.

For Jesus, healing the sick is a “tempting” thing to do. He cares about sickness and my suffering. He is constantly moved with compassion toward those who are afflicted. But, Jesus does not heal everyone who is sick, possibly because that is not His primary calling, of proclaiming the good news of the gospel.

Jesus mission is to bring about a much deeper and much more permanent healing from our sins: But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities;The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed Isaiah 53:5.

This “healing” He offers to all who will receive Him as the One who died in the sinner’s place, bearing the guilt and penalty for my sins.

i have learned that doing what is right does not always result in a righteous or a rewarding response. But… doing what is right is always the right thing to do. Doing what is right may very well produce a favorable response. But, we must remember Jesus’ words that if men rejected and persecuted Him, they will certainly do so to us. If Jesus good deed resulted in betrayal by the recipient of a supernatural healing, and persecution by the Jewish religious leaders, then perhaps my good deeds may also produce unpleasant responses.

Jesus does not need the angel-troubled waters of the pool of Bethesda to heal the paralytic. He does not even need the faith of this disabled man. All that is required is His word. At His command, the man who has been disabled for 38 years gets up and walks—not only walks, but carries his bed with him. He who is the Word, the Logos, who created the world with a word, is the One who heals with but a word.

Finally, we see a beautiful example of sovereign grace. Grace is God’s unmerited favor, God’s undeserved goodness. Because it is grace, and cannot be earned, it must be sovereignly bestowed. That is, grace is not bestowed upon men because of who they are or what they have done. Grace is not given to those who are worthy and withheld from the unworthy. Men are always unworthy of the grace God sovereignly bestows upon them. Knowing what i know,i would nor have selected this man to be healed, rather than some other individual? Jesus heals this man, knowing him as well as He knew the woman at the well. He knows this man’s sin, which he persists in practicing up to the moment of his healing and beyond. Jesus knows this man will turn Him in to the authorities, who are determined to kill Him. This man is the recipient of God’s grace, not because of who he is, but because of the kindness of our Lord alone. If i am honest, i will  admit that i, too, am an unworthy recipient of His grace as demonstrated by my salvation.

Pressing this point further, notice that our Lord ministers to this ailing man, knowing he will not come to faith. Jesus serves this man who will not be saved. Jesus does not just serve to save. That is, He does not just serve those who will be saved. He serves because of who He is, not because of the worthiness of those served. i need to be careful that i do not serve men, assuming they will be saved. They may not be saved, no matter how much i serve them. i, like Jesus, am to serve out of the depths of the love God has given me for others, regardless of whether that love is reciprocated or rewarded by those whom i serve.

WORK!

Posted: June 22, 2012 in Jesus The Answer?

As Manard G Crebbs used to say on the Dobie Gills show, WORK!! Yes this dates me and so most who read this will not have a clue as to my reference. Just humor and old man for a moment and let it slide.

In what sense is God “working”? i have a general sense that God is always working to maintain His creation and to bring about His plans and purposes: “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). This is a seven-day week working, so what happens to the idea of resting on the sabbath? Perhaps this needs to redefine my definition of Sabbath.  As i think on this i doubt that God ever considers healing a person as work, regardless of the day it occurs on. I doubt that God ever considers loving me as work, although He could rightly do so, again regardless of time, as His love is never-ceasing, thus it’s 24/7. So what am i to do with the idea of a day of rest?

There is a specific sense in which God has been “at work” from the time of creation on, bringing about salvation for fallen men. Mere men can contribute nothing to this “working.” It is God’s work. And so men should rest on the Sabbath. But since Jesus is God, then He, as God, must work at that which His Father is working. A part of that saving work is healing the sick (see Luke 4:16-21; John 11:2-6)

The Jews grasp the implication of Jesus words. Notice that John does not tell us that from this point on that the Jews are trying to kill Jesus. He tells us, “For this reason the Jewish authorities were trying even harder to kill him.” These Jews have already determined that Jesus must be put to death. This incident, and especially Jesus words, give them further incentive for doing this as soon as possible. They resolve to increase their efforts to kill Jesus, not just because He is violating the Sabbath (a sin punishable by death), but because He is making Himself equal with God.

i personally have never experienced what today’s post describes, a resolve by someone to kill me. Then… i have never claimed to be a son of God and used that as my reason for doing what i was doing. There is a sadness that can be found in those words. When people ask me how i am, i usually come back with “i am.” Many times i leave it blank, as on that day, at that time, i am not sure what i am. There are moments when i know exactly what i am such as “i am healed, i am God’s child born again of the incorruptible seed of His word, i am His favorite one, i am His, i am, i am, i am.” Jesus knew all the time, every time that He was the Son of God and counted the cost of letting others know it. He never bragged about it or took advantage of it, but, He knew it!

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

Before i go where i’m going to go, let me just admit that since doing several posts on the Sabbath, i have done very little to effectuate the word regarding it. Effectuate! i learned this word years ago and never get to use it, but the opportunity came today and i took it. While today seems to be about Sabbath it really is about so much more which is knowing who i am, in Him, imitating Him.

Because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish authorities began persecuting him. When i was a teen my church made it very clear that working on Sunday was not acceptable.  i wondered often about when they would go for Sunday dinner and make those people work. 17 So Jesus told them, “My Father is working until now, and I too am working.” 18 For this reason the Jewish authorities were trying even harder to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was also calling God his own Father, thus making himself equal with God.

Once informed that Jesus is the one who healed the invalid, the Jews cease to harass the healed man and turn their attention on Jesus. John tells us that they “began persecuting him.” I was initially inclined to think that this “persecution” involved constant questioning, challenging, and heckling, and no doubt efforts to discredit Jesus before the people. John says in verse 18 that from this point on they “were trying even harder to kill him.”

Though the same accusation of Sabbath-breaking is consistently made by the Jews in the other Gospels, Jesus response there is different from His response here. Here, Jesus points out that He is merely imitating His Father by working on the Sabbath.

How great that Jesus can say that. “I am merely imitating my Father! In the natural sense i would not want to say that i am merely imitating my father. He was an alcoholic which produced other forms of bad behavior which could be used today as the model for a dysfunctional family. In the spiritual realm i reach that place in which i am imitating my heavenly Father once in a while but usually it’s done without intent, more of an excuse than anything.

The Sabbath is the “sign of the Mosaic covenant,” and thus to violate the Sabbath is to be worthy of death (Exodus 31:14-17; 35:2-3; Numbers 15:32-36). The Fourth Commandment requires the people of God to imitate God, who “rested” on the seventh day of creation. The logic is simple: God rested on the seventh day, and so must men. But Jesus gives us a very different twist on this. He argues that God is constantly at work, even on the Sabbath. Since God is working non-stop, the Son is also working, and cannot cease for the Sabbath.

It is not just this logic that distresses the Jews; it is how Jesus describes His relationship with God. Jesus does not say, “Our Father is working until now, and I too am working.” He says, “My Father is working until now, and I too am working.” The inference is very clear: Jesus is claiming that God is His Father; He is claiming to be God.

Jesus then finds the man in the temple? How can i be so sure that he is not praising God and worshipping there? First, let me ask a question: Do you assume that just because someone goes to church—any church—that they are true believers, there to worship in spirit and in truth? Many gather for the wrong reasons. When Jesus went to the temple earlier, He found it necessary to drive people (and cattle) out of the temple.

Once more, Jesus has sought him out. Jesus must know that doing so will identify Him to the authorities and cause Him great trouble. Jesus had to do what jesus does, regardless. i wish i could say the same of me. Even knowing this, Jesus goes to him with one thing in view—to warn this man to “stop sinning,” lest something even worse happen to him.

Yes Jesus really said it, it’s in the word, John 5:14 “afterward, when Jesus found him in the temple, He said to him, See, you are well! Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.”

i am trying to think of another time when Jesus issues such a warning. Not the stop sinning or sin no more, but the lest something worse happen to him. What could be worse, death? After 38 years in this man’s condition, even death may not be worse.

i believe that i am posting on this story, not for writing material but for practical application in my life. Every time i read one of the conversations between Jesus and this man i am impressed that it has application to me and that i need to pay attention. So here are the facts as i am impressed to consider them in my life.

Invalid, the how and why must be told, do i really want to be made well, take up my mat and walk, don’t know who He was, just did what i was told, it was His fault, ongoing sin, stop NOW or.

It could be said that the paralytic had sinned 38 years earlier, and that his plight is a consequence of that sin. If so why does Jesus urge the man to “give up” his sin, as though it is ongoing? Some might think that because this man is handicapped he has no opportunity to sin. Trust me, there are always to sin. This man could have found a way to sin in a way that his circumstances equipped (and tempted) him to do. I am leaning toward the idea that this man’s sin may have been related to his way of seeking deliverance from his circumstances. Sometimes those, including me, who suffer severe affliction are often tempted to do almost anything to find relief. For example, some people turn to drugs or alcohol to “ease the pain” others to different addictions to which they become enslaved. This man may know that his “cure” is pure superstition, and that God did not approve of it, any more than He did of Saul’s seeking guidance by means of a medium (1 Samuel 28). This may be why the man seems defensive as he explains to Jesus why his method isn’t working and… this could also be the reason Jesus presses him as to whether he really wants to be healed?

Here’s what i know for certain: The man is guilty of some sin which he has not yet given up. Jesus heals him in spite of this, but then returns to inform him that He knows about the sin, and that he must give it up or face the possibility of greater consequences. There is no indication of any repentance, no mention of faith, and no inquiry as to who Jesus is or what He is about (as with the Samaritan woman). i am left with the fact that after this confrontation, the man goes to the authorities to reveal Jesus’ identity to them.

As for me, well i need to continue to consider my list of facts and seek out what they mean to my everyday lifestyle.

You’ll see, it’s really not my fault. As he walks along carrying his bed on the Sabbath, the man is stopped by the Jewish leaders. They’re not concerned about this man—they don’t even acknowledge his healing. They are simply upset that he is “breaking the rules”—their rules. The healed man seems to be in a hurry to excuse himself. It isn’t his fault, he maintains; he is only doing what he has been told to do. The One who healed him told him to take up his bed and go. What was he to do? Jesus who just healed him is now the One who is to blame.

Sadly i just had these same thoughts yesterday. Someone whom i owe money, came and asked about it… i blamed the man and others all the while thinking in my mind, it’s God’s fault for putting me in this place. My bad! Does that make me a Judas, a betrayer, who turns on Jesus when it seems convenient? my thought process says that Jesus is not here, so i can do this. No that’s not working well for me. Read on and i think you’ll see my point clearly through this man.

The Jews demand to know who this person was who told him to take up his mat and walk. He honestly doesn’t know. Jesus managed to “slip out2 since there is a crowd. The man would never have been able to identify Jesus as the one “guilty” of healing him unless Jesus had not Himself—for the second time—sought him out. This time Jesus finds the man in the temple. i am eager for this man to “see the light” so i am almost willing to accept this as proof of some kind of faith. But, if this man has become a believer, why does John not mention it, as he has each previous time? Worse yet, why does John inform us that the man later seeks out the Jews to tell them that the One they are after is Jesus? The One to blame is Jesus. The guilty party is Jesus. Isn’t this what Judas did? This man is a Judas—a betrayer, who turns on Jesus who has done only good to him.

Just Shoot Me!

Posted: June 18, 2012 in Jesus The Answer?

The title says it all, if i were to be required to live by these laws. In my opinion many of the rules of Jesus day would be difficult to defend. Nevertheless, i would think that most of them were probably needed because of people who were unwilling to live by the original laws; thus, religious leaders were forced to become more and more specific.

On the Sabbath a man may borrow from others jars of wine or jars of oil, provided that he does not say to him, “Lend me them”. This would imply a transaction, and a transaction might involve writing, and writing was forbidden… on the Sabbath.

If a man put out his lamp on the night of the Sabbath from fear of the gentiles or of thieves or of an evil spirit, or to suffer one that was sick to sleep, he is not culpable; but if he did it with a mind to spare the lamp or to spare the oil or to spare the wick, he is culpable

The idea of healing on the sabbath is illustrated by a curious provision that a man may not put vinegar on his teeth to alleviate toothache. But he may take vinegar with his food in the ordinary course of affairs, and the Rabbis philosophically concluded, “if he is healed he is healed.”

Plucking corn is reaping. Rubbing the grain out was threshing. To walk on the grass on the Sabbath was okay so long a a blade of grass was not broken which made it a species of threshing.

A Jewish sailor caught in a storm after sunset on Friday refused to touch the helm though threatened with death. Thousands had suffered themselves to be butchered in the streets of Jerusalem by Antiochus Epiphanes rather than lift a weapon in self-defense on the Sabbath! To these purists, the act of Jesus and the healed man was a gross desecration of the Sabbath law. The worst of all was that Jesus permitted and approved it.

Cooking in most all forms (boiling, roasting, baking, frying, etc.) is forbidden on the Sabbath, in particular when the temperature is raised above 45 degrees centigrade (113 Fahrenheit).

If the hot water tap is accidentally left on, it cannot be turned off on the Sabbath.

Escaping gas can be turned off, but not in the normal way. One must turn off the tap of a gas burner with the back of the hand or the elbow.

The preparation of food is greatly affected by the Sabbath. One cannot squeeze a lemon into a glass of ice tea, but one can squeeze lemon on a piece of fish.

That one cannot light a fire on the Sabbath is taught in the Old Testament law. Strict Judaism views this to prohibit turning electric lights on or off on the Sabbath. The problem can be solved, however, by using a timer, which automatically handles this task.

So, too, an air conditioner cannot be turned on by a Jew on the Sabbath, although a Gentile might be persuaded to do so.

One cannot bathe with a bar of soap on the Sabbath, but liquid detergent is acceptable.

One is prohibited from transporting goods on the Sabbath. This would prevent merchants from conducting business on the Sabbath. It has been so highly refined that now one cannot carry something which he unknowingly took with him. If one is walking along on the Sabbath and discovers that he is carrying something in his pocket, he has several courses of action so as not to violate the Sabbath. He may, for example, drop the item out of his pocket, but not in the normal or usual fashion (by grasping it, removing it from the pocket, and dropping it on the floor). He can, however, reverse his pocket, expelling the object unnaturally, and thus legitimately. If the item is valuable, and he does not wish to leave it on the ground, he can ask a Gentile to watch the item for him. Otherwise, the item could be carried, but not in the usual way. He can carry it for a prescribed distance, put it down, then take it up, and so on. Or, the man could relay it between himself and a fellow-Israelite, each one carrying the object for no more than the prescribed distance. If this is not advisable, the object can be carried in an unusual way, such as placing it in the shoe, tying it to his leg, or managing to suspend it between his clothing and his body.

The healing of the man at the pool of Bethesda brings about a reaction so strong that the Jews are even more resolved to kill Jesus.

Wacky Laws?

Posted: June 15, 2012 in Jesus The Answer?

Thanks to Bob deffinbaugh for the details contained in today’s post. It was actually his daughter that provided him with a book of “whacky laws” in America. i am using them as a pre-cursor to pointing out some of the “whacky Jewish laws” of Jesus’ day and then looking at why this man got into trouble. i am inclined to look at these laws and laugh, amazed at how ridiculous they seem. Every one of these apparently ridiculous laws made sense to the lawmakers at the time they became law. These “whacky laws” were a legislative attempt to prevent or solve a real problem of some kind.

  • “In Pennsylvania, the penalty for cursing is a forty-cent fine. However, if God is mentioned in the curse, the fine is sixty-seven cents.”
  • “It is illegal to mispronounce the name of the city of Joliet, Illinois.”
  • “In Utah, the law requires that daylight be seen between two dancing partners.”
  • “In San Francisco, you are not permitted to carry a basket suspended from a pole.”
  • “It is unlawful for goldfish to ride on a Seattle, Washington, bus unless they lie still.”
  • “Michigan law requires taking a census of bees every winter.”
  • “In Natchez, Mississippi, it is against the law for elephants to drink beer.”
  • “An old Hollywood, California, ordinance forbids driving more than two thousand sheep down Hollywood Boulevard at one time.”
  • “In Muncie, Indiana, you cannot bring fishing tackle into a cemetery.”
  • “The California penal code prohibits the shooting of any animal, except a whale, from an automobile.”
  • “In Kansas City, Missouri, children are prohibited by law from buying cap pistols. However, the law does not restrict them from buying shotguns.”
  • “A Minnesota law requires that men’s and women’s underwear not be hung on the same clothesline at the same time.”
  • “In Joliet, Illinois, women are not allowed to try on more than six dresses in one store.”

As a parents,i kinda understand how this happens. i would love to have been abe able to give my children a general principle or guideline, and trust them to follow it. For example, i wish i could have said to my daughter, “Just be home at a reasonable hour.” The trouble is that she did not agree with me about what “reasonable” means, and so i had to give an exact time. i learned to make the rules more and more specific. The more specific i made these rules, the sillier they appear be. Jewish Law to follow.