I’ve been talking about righteousness and the power of God. In my last post I looked at a healing that took place on the Sabbath day. The Pharisees were upset and began an investigation into the details of the miracle.
They interviewed the parents of the blind man who was healed to make sure that the person really was blind. They confirmed that he was their son, and that he truly was born blind.
The Pharisees then question the former blind man again. This time the man starts getting frustrated with them. He asks them, “Do you want to become His disciples? Is that why you’re asking so many questions?”
Then they hurled insults at him and said, “You are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses!”
These Pharisees then proceeded to ridicule this man and to malign Jesus. It’s amazing how emotional people get when you start messing with their traditions. Their point was that it was better to be a disciple of Moses then to be a disciple of Jesus.
Eventually the man reached the end of his patience and he told the Pharisees exactly what he was thinking. He showed a lot of insight in his remarks.
“Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”
What a simple statement of this deep truth. He made the point that he had heard of people who lost their sight and then regained it back again. But a man who was born blind – his eyes have never worked – healing them was unheard of.
His statement raised a question that should resound through the ages. Jesus and His disciples are healing the sick. We see the power of God working through them. If being a disciple of Moses is so great, then why aren’t you healing the sick? If I were to judge by appearances I would say that the Pharisees are the ones needing to get closer to God.
This is where we find ourselves in the church today. We’re powerless, yet complaining about and maligning those who do walk in a degree of the Spirit. If they’re changing lives, seeing people healed and delivered from sin, then there are those who say that there must be something wrong. They must be off base in their theology. After all, my church isn’t that exciting.
What’s the truth of the matter? God is a powerful God. He desires to operate through His people. He hates sickness, sin, and destructive habits that hold people in bondage. It’s always His goal to set the captives free. If these things are not happening in the church, then there’s something wrong on our end, not God’s.
Question: Why is it common for believers to speak against those who operate in the power of God?
© Nick Zaccardi 2013