The differing response of three women to Jesus as a window into the principle of "differing responses to the same administration of light"
As I'm writing elsewhere, the Lord told me to pause and write this here.
Recently, someone replied to one of my YouTube videos by saying "An angel has taught. Again, we have been blessed."[dont_know] The Lord showed me the hearts of some who would be offended by my not telling her not to call me that, and believe it or not, I do think about and try to avoid offending people when it is not necessary or helpful. The said, "leave it stand." I always do what he tells me to do, as most reading this promised to do, and as all of us should do.
The Lord shows me a lot of internal reactions of people, and all I can say is that I know what the last verse of John 2 means, and it is heartbreaking.[heartbreak]
Do you marvel [dont_marvel] that a mortal person can correctly be called angel? If so, you do not understand Jesus, nor do you understand what it means to minister.
Jesus said: "Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." (Matthew 20:28)
He said we are meant to serve others:
26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: (Matthew 20)
Angels don't have to be religious, but they do have to be holy.[holy] An angel is just someone who has something to offer another person, which has value, which the person has not paid the price for, but the giver has. This covers a vastly wide breadth and depth of actions and capabilities. Ministry can be raising a family, giving a true kind word, sharing a sincere kind greeting, giving a cuttingly true correction, revealing a truth hidden since the foundation of the world, opening of the eyes of the blind, leaving the glory of the Father's presence to live and give a perfect life to redeem all mankind, and many other things.
Of course I am an angel. To deny this is to deny all of the value in the many things I have done in the name of the Lord. Even if all I have done is quote to you pre-existing scripture [angels_quote_scripture] this would be enough to make the statement true. And you are an angel, too. Or at least, you can and ought to be. Have you never helped anyone according to your knowledge of the goodness and good will of God?
And why should we not say as much? Can you witness of God at all times and in all places and in all things by omitting certain times and places and things? Do you not realize that this pretentious piety does not please God, but the devil, who seeks to diminish and restrain the echoing broadcast of God's light from his throne down to every corner of the world,[every_person] through those who are ridiculed by scoffers as "thinking they are better" when, in fact, the only being whose glory they are proclaiming is God--whose remarkable desire is to give it to ALL WHO WILL COME TO HIM. And how can they come without an example? How can you preach the gospel without proclaiming more of the goodness of God? [Romans10]
Can you testify of good while doing evil? Can you hold up your candle while hiding it? Can you light your candle without touching a flame? Can you live according to truth in only some ways? Or, if you love truth, do you only love it when socially acceptable ways? Can your desire by single to the glory of God, while your desire is on anything else?
As he brought this person's comment back into my mind this morning to teach me more about it, he led me through everything that follows.
When the Lord came to Jerusalem for the last time:
36 ...they spread their clothes in the way.
37 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;
38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out. (Luke 19)
There's a lot to this passage, all of which is more relevant to our generation than any other, but I will leave it here as an example of when Jesus understood that those who did what they did in truthful recognition of what they saw were justified in doing so, even when there were many others who did not see how this was appropriate or true response.
I want to briefly highlight a variety of responses to the Lord's ministry. The theme here is "different responses to the same demonstrations." It's a theme I will expand upon in my books to come.
Since I don't have time to cover any but the briefest set of examples, I'll constrain the query to a few examples of how women responded to Jesus.[female_response_to_jesus]
The certain woman (the paps lady)
The Lord's rebuke of this woman was to help her (and those present, whose error in heeding her would have been excused had he said nothing) understand that what makes one worthy of praise is not them, but what is of God within them.
18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. (Mark 10)
43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. (Luke 1)
Woman in the crowd
25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years,
26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.
28 For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.
29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?
31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.
33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.
34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. (Mark 5)
23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.
27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.
28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour. (Matthew 15)
Mary of Bethany
How much did she value him? She broke open and completely used a box of ointment that probably cost about a year's wages, applying it to his feet (culturally and factually a nasty place to be in those days without plumbing), and with her hair--which had extreme cultural ramifications. This was basically the greatest witness of adoration and value a woman could publicly demonstrate for a man. And, depending on which of the various viewpoints you take, she may have done this in a public dinner at someone else's house, attended by the chief people and religious leaders of the town, but that controversy is for another day.
Wisdom, miracles, calamities
God will become physically evident to all. This is why every knee bows in the last day. Every knee cannot help but bow. He does not force this to happen. It is a willing response to information undeniable in content and meaning: the revelation of the love of God through the demonstration of how he is, what he did for you to give you every possible opportunity to become more like him, and what you could have done for others to extend the same--but you would not.
As for those always looking for something to be offended about
62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? (John 6)
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10)