1 Kings 17.23-24 & John 9.7-16
Responding to signs of God’s activity
Posted: 16 July 2010 in 1 Kings, John

“And Elijah took the child, and brought him down out of the chamber into the house, and delivered him unto his mother: and Elijah said, See, thy son liveth. And the woman said to Elijah, Now by this I know that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in thy mouth is truth.”

“And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing…. And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes…. Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see. Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day.”

In the above passages the response of the woman, after witnessing the miracle performed by Elijah, could hardly stand in more marked contrast to the attitude of the Pharisees, when confronted with the miraculous healing performed healing by Jesus.

At one level the reason for the difference is that had one been chosen for salvation by God, whereas the other had not. But on another level the difference may be that the woman had recently experienced the kind of suffering which removes any sense of self sufficiency, or of being in control, and opens people up to God. The Pharisees, however, had not undergone the woman’s experience. Instead they were still wrapped up in their cocoon of social respectability, and jealous of their reputation for meticulous observance of the Sabbath. They were (they thought) in control of their own salvation.

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