Gospel of John
In the 9th chapter of the New Testament, Gospel of John is an account of a beggar who had been blind from birth until he reached 25 years old when he miraculously received his sight. His experience and his role in the ministry of a mysterious Galilean was quite different from that of others whose lives had been touched by Jesus. It was not the beggar’s faith that attracted Jesus to him by th . . .
His entrance to Jerusalem for the Passover
We might assume there was a general understanding about the role among the people of Jesus of Nazareth. We read that upon His entrance to Jerusalem for the Passover season he was met by an adoring crowd. But news of His activities could only reach people by second- or thirdhand reports. There were no newspapers, no daily TV newscasts. There were only rumors or gossips.
It is clear that some . . .
What would they understand about His role in the world?
In the Gospels of the New Testament, many characters, who appear only briefly, are involved somehow in Jesus’s ministry, then they disappear and are never heard from again. What might their lives have been after their encounter with this extraordinary man? What would they understand about His role in the world? And for those who were the subjects of His miraculous work, how did the . . .
To boys, Michael became a melamed
To boys, Michael became a melamed (a teacher). He was an educator even during the years he himself was learning, having received his sight only at the age of 25. As he mastered (first the language, then history, culture, and poetry), he was always one step ahead of his pupils. Perhaps his humble origins in academia communicated to his students because he was always popular with the y . . .
Could he hope to catch up to his peers with his education?
How difficult do you think would it be for a grown man with no education to have to start at the very beginning of his schooling? That is how it was when Michael, at the age of 25, received his sight. Though he had developed some understanding of vocabulary and syntax, the printed page was a mystery to him. Could he hope to catch up to his peers with his education?
Michael’s strength was . . .