Self inflicted misery #5 A prophet without a hedge around him

Self inflicted misery to bear

5.     A prophet without a hedge around him

Though God loved Jesus He did not put hedge about him. Perhaps we can say God had blessed the work of his hands but God had not put a wall round him and no protection when Jesus was in need not to be taken to be killed.

Jesus also thought it proper to be cleansed and being baptised by his nephew, so that also there God could let everybody know that he was the beloved son, sent to save this world.

Eustache Le Sueur, Christ Healing the Blind Ma...
Eustache Le Sueur, Christ Healing the Blind Man, 1652-55

It was not because Jesus had no respect for Gods Sabbath law that he put earth mixed with water on the blind one’s eyes. Some of the Pharisees said, “That man has not come from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.” Others said, “How is it possible for a sinner to do such signs?” So there was a division among them as we shall find division among men all the time.

But on such occasions people got the change to tell the world what was important about this man: “He is a prophet.”

“Now it was the Sabbath on the day when Jesus made the clay and opened the man’s eyes. So then again the Pharisees also asked the former blind man how he came to see. The former blind man said to them: “He put clay upon my eyes, and I bathed, and then I began to see!” Therefore, some from the Pharisees said: “This is not a person who came from God, because he does not observe the Sabbath!” But, other people said: “How is a person who is a sinner able to perform such signs?” So, there was a schism among them. As a result, the Pharisees said again to the blind man: “Because he opened your eyes, what are you saying about him?” The man answered: “He is a prophet!”” (John 9:14-17 MHM)

“From ancient times it has never been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. If this person was not from God’s side, he would not be able to do anything.”” (John 9:32-33 MHM)

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Continues: Self inflicted misery #6 Paying by death

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