The following is a translation of an early Bible passage. The passage was originally written about 700 years before Christ and the translation I am using is in the Jerusalem Bible. Was the passage referring to how Jesus healed people at his coming?

In a short time, a very short time,

shall not Lebanon become fertile land

and fertile land turn into forest?

The deaf, that day,

will hear the words of a book

and, after shadow and darkness,

the eyes of the blind will see.

But the lowly will rejoice in Yahweh even more

and the poorest exult in the Holy One of Israel.

(The Book of Isaiah chapter 29, verses 17-19; Jerusalem Bible)

Evasion can be a good thing

In the Bible, there is the story of David who became a king of ancient Israel. God chose him as king because his heart was in the right place (1 Samuel 16:7). One day, while David was still a tender of his father’s sheep, he was brought into the service of the king named Saul and eventually rose to the head of the army or fighting men. But Saul got jealous of David because he was more popular with the people. In a frenzy, Saul brandished a spear to pin David to the wall. “But David twice evaded him” (1 Samuel 18:11, Jerusalem Bible).

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Taking sides

Reality is, that somebody is going to upset someone. Even Jesus, in the first century, seemed to be aware of this.

Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. 52 From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three.

Luke 12:50-51 (NIV Bible)

Jesus seemed to saying here that different people had differing views of who he was and what he stood for, so upsetting the table cart. Some views of Jesus were in opposition to other views. So, that is one reason why there have been different churches.

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The glory and leadership of Jesus is predicted in the Old Testament, in the book of Isaiah, chapter nine verses 1 through 7. On the “Way of the Sea on the far side of the Jordan” Jesus will be their glorious king when other leaders have failed before him.

The message

A message of Jesus’ life is God saying, learn from Jesus, whose love brought life to many, and share sacrificial love with the world, the kind of love that considers the cost of our actions on others.