Matthew 9:32-34; Two Reactions

The healing/exorcism of the deaf-mute person is told with little style and action. The focus is obviously on the two different reactions to the miracle.

The crowds were amazed. They hadn’t seen anything like this before. It was another kingdom miracle.

The Pharisees, on the other hand, were not so pleased. They did not like this upset to the status quo.

So they resorted to ridicule.

Ridicule is the last refuge of those who are disenfranchised. Ridicule is the stock-in-trade of Twitter and Facebook arguments. Ridicule intends to tear others down.

I’m not sure if the Pharisees were tweeting to the crowds or to one another, but they ridicule Jesus by calling him names, by saying that his power comes from the wrong place.

In this case, Jesus doesn’t refute them. That will come later.

I suppose we see the same two responses to Jesus today. Mostly ridicule.

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