Monday, February 22, 2010

Plotting in Rage

Luke 6:11
(11)  But they were filled with fury and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.

(11)  αὐτοὶ δὲ ἐπλήσθησαν ἀνοίας, καὶ διελάλουν πρὸς ἀλλήλους τί ἂν ποιήσαιεν τῷ Ἰησοῦ.

This comes right after Jesus healed the man with the withered hand on the Sabbath.  The Jewish leaders were so zealous about the law that they forgot that healing was a noble task.  It wasn't like Jesus made some poultice and spread it on the man's hand in hopes that something might happen.  He powerfully healed this man with a useless hand.  Yet this enraged the leaders.

This is interesting from a Greek perspective because the word ποιήσαιεν is in the optative mood, which we don't see a whole lot of.  This is the mood of hope.  Basically, they were dreaming of how they might get rid of this Jesus who was rocking their collective worlds.

We may look at these folks and mock a little bit.  However, doesn't this even happen to us who call ourselves Christians?  We don't like it when Jesus pushes us outside of our comfort zones.  You mean we have to serve in our community?  You mean we have to forgive people who wronged us?  You mean we have to love our enemies?  What is that all about?

We still do this to a degree.  Obviously we don't try to have Jesus crucified, but effectively we do try to find ways to push His teachings out of our lives.  Or is it just me?

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