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sexta-feira, 23 de junho de 2017
COMPASSION AND THE KINGDOM
not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept
bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath
day from what bound her?”
13:16 (read 13:10-17) - NIV
ruler of the synagogue was angry when Jesus ignored the rules of the
Sabbath day and healed a suffering woman who had been victim of a
crippling disease for eighteen years. Jesus was living the Kingdom,
but the ruler was living the institution. Jesus sought the welfare of
human beings regardless of their social status or "moral"
condition. The ruler defended the integrity of the laws and the
values system of the religious institution while Jesus ignored the
limitations imposed on the woman by the law. The ruler ignored the
woman and preserved the letter of the law, but Jesus put practice
above ideology. The ruler made ideology supreme at the expense of
has a tendency to organize and put things in order. That is good to
some extent, but the danger is to establish a strict order that is
closed around itself. In that way the order becomes worse than the
chaos that it intends to correct.
the global scene, the three great monotheistic religions: Judaism,
Christianity and Islam, have internal structures of self-preservation
and promotion that often more overwhelm than heal people. Their
injustices have the facade of democracy against despotism or of
oppression against imperialism. But in reality the “democracies”
practice tyranny and the “oppressed” strive to establish another
empire, each one appealing to its God.
Kingdom represents the practice, not imposition, of justice. The
exercise of justice is in doing the good when and where opportunities
present themselves without putting conditions or restrictions.
Kingdom is always here and now, where we all are. Today, not
yesterday or tomorrow, is always Kingdom day. The moment the Kingdom
is always now, not before or after. It breaks all barriers of time
tendency is to limit the Kingdom to certain conditions and seasons by
separating the sacred from the secular. We associate the sacred with
God and consider the rest of the world to be profane.
established the Sabbath as a holy day to be devoted to "do
nothing". Jesus was criticized for doing good works on the holy
day. To Jesus every day was sacred and to be dedicated to act for the
benefit of others. Jesus lived the Kingdom at all times and in all
places. It was enough for the sick woman get close to Jesus. He saw
her and healed her without preconditions.
err when we think that we should try to mold others according to our
view of right and wrong and put our order in what we consider to be
chaos. It is not for us to establish and build the Kingdom. It is
already around us and within us. We are only participants. It is our
place to sow the good and leave the results to God.
13:10-17 – NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues,and
a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen
years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all.When
Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you
are set free from your infirmity.”Then
he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and
because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue leader said to
the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on
those days, not on the Sabbath.”
Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the
Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to
give it water?Then
should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept
bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from
what bound her?”
he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were
delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.