Matt. 11:16-19, 25-30
I posted one idea on this text for Matt. 11:16-19, 25-30, but I had another thought about it today as I researched some of the Greek words again. I now think it has to do with belief in miracles.
Edgar Cayce was born in Christian County, KY, on in 1877, and raised in Hopkinsville. He’s been called “The Sleeping Prophet” and there is an Edgar Cayce Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) in Virginia Beach. VA. Cayce is believed to be America’s greatest 20th century psychic, often compared to Nostradamus.
In his lifetime he gave more than 14,000 psychic readings while in hypnotic trances. He’s considered the father of holistic medicine, and most of Cayce’s readings were for diagnosing illnesses in people and suggesting natural remedies. He never wanted to exploit his gift for money because he didn’t want to abuse this unusual gift he believed God gave him. He was a devout, Bible-reading Christian.
Even though he helped thousands of people to get well, you can imagine how he was received in the medical community. Doctors wrote him off as a quack. They weren’t interested in the fact that he was healing patients. They were insulted that he couldn’t scientifically explain how he did it.
Religious scholars didn’t give any credibility to Cayce’s readings about the early Essene community until after his death. When the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, they verified Cayce’s reports.
The experts didn’t want to learn from him. They considered him a threat to their beliefs. He couldn’t get the wise and the learned of medicine or religion to support his work. After all, he hadn’t gone to school to learn how to heal. He just had this “gift” handed to him. He couldn’t be for real. And we all know that if science or religion can’t explain something, there can’t be anything good to it.
In Christianity, only Jesus is acknowledged to have been able to do things that are not explainable. Credit is given to the power of God. However, Jesus said his disciples would do more wonderful things than he had done. Yet the experts of today don’t listen to Jesus if it isn’t something they want to follow. Reason and logic rules for the learned scientific and religious communities. Miracles are for the unintelligent and foolish.
It works that way too with teachings that are hard to explain logically but I talked about that in my last post.
I do have a confession to make. For a long time, I didn’t really believe in miracles. I have a logical, scientific mind and background. Everything has a logical reason why it happens. I was taught that anything psychic or paranormal was not to be fooled around with for fear of being pulled over to the Dark Side.
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Now that I’ve seen a few miracles – or unexplainable events – and as a Reiki master practitioner, performed a couple of them myself, I know that miracles abound. And that’s what I think Jesus was trying to say to the religious leaders of his day.
Unfortunately, the lectionary this week has left out the beef in today’s gospel lesson (verses 20-24) and this explains that Jesus was talking about the acceptance of his miracles.
Jesus began telling the crowds that this generation was acting like children. They couldn’t ever agree about anything. They couldn’t support each other in anything that needed to be done. It was just like politics and religious denominations today where liberals and conservatives are always in opposition with each other. No one is able to work together to get anything done.
Jesus then gave an example – John the Baptist came – a complete teetotaler – eating and drinking nothing bad, and they said he had a demon. The son of man came eating and drinking whatever he wanted, and they called him a glutton and a wino, friendly to tax collectors and sinners. No wino can heal anyone. If one’s agenda isn’t supported, they write people off. What they say and do carries no weight. Opposition is an attitude rather than a position you take. Still, wisdom is recognized in what it produces…wisdom’s children, in this case, is miraculous healing.
Jesus healed multitudes. Edgar Cayce healed thousands of people. People just like you and me are healing people through practices and procedures that cannot be scientifically explained or proven. Wonderful works of healing—and many of us acknowledge and give God the credit. We are simply conduits for God’s grace and love.
People/cities who refused to accept miracles will be worse off than Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment. Logic and reason dominate the minds of many and they cannot see the miracles of God.
That’s why Jesus said, “I give up. I acknowledge God (most texts say “thank” but I think that’s not the greatest translation of the Greek word), the Lord of the heavens and earth (the One who is the power behind miracles). You have hidden miracles from the wise and intellectual and have revealed them to those who have no power to speak (and be heard). I accept that this is how God wants it to be.”
Very few intellectuals, medical and religious alike, acknowledge that God works miracles through people today. It’s usually the common folks who have no voice who see miracles and give God the glory.