Monday, March 18, 2013

The problem of certain knowledge

Yung Suk Kim

In Luke 4:16-30, Jesus preaches that God's prophets such as Elijah and Elisha were sent to the foreign land first to heal a leper called Naaman, a general of the Syrian army, and to save the widow at Zarephath, even though there were many widows and lepers in the land of Israel. So his hometown people get angry and attempt to hurl him off the cliff. This happens because they think God's love is for them first. In their eyes, Jesus is nothing but a rural man with a poor family. 

In John 9, the Pharisees also say to a man born blind who now sees: "Only we are disciples of Moses." In their eyes, all who work outside of the traditional Jewish school is not supposed to come from God. Ironically, their knowledge about God prevents them from seeing his work, which is done through Jesus.