Sunday series: 04/03/2011 (#131)
Where: Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church at 11am
“1 And the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Beth–lehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons. 2 And Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the Lord said, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the Lord. 3 And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will shew thee what thou shalt do: and thou shalt anoint unto me him whom I name unto thee.” (1 Samuel 16:1-3 KJV)
“1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. 4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.“ (John 9:1-4 KJV)
- Fourth Sunday in Lent
- arrived at 11:18am [during the Prayer of Illumination]
- Jesus covering the blind with mud (dust & spit) on the Sabbath. [John 9:1-4]
- the quote that bothers me [most] for [my second son] was born sick. [John 9:1-4]
- healing — God’s will
- nothing bad willed by God
- blindness of heart, not the same [as] physical blindness
- no blame [given]
- God’s desire for us to be well!
- Read what I wrote in detail about John 9:1-13 about two years and two months ago.
“If there’s a part of the Bible that bothers me most is John 9:1-41 — especially the first three verses (below, in italics). I don’t like to think that a child can be born sick for God to manifest His might in such child. [...] I’d rather think that my son’s sick as punishment for something I’d done. Then again, I don’t want to believe in a punishing god. If this were true, I want the Lord (God) show me his works, manifest them and heal my son. I’d trade you my life for my son’s health.”
- John 9:1-4 is sickening and insulting to all those who are sick and/or disabled. It often makes me want to renounce my faith to this punishing god. How can I hold to the litte faith I’ve got left?