Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Jesus' First Miracle

The first Miracle of Jesus recorded in the Gospels is when he turned water into wine at a party. The text refers to this as "the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed in Cana of Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him." I've heard this referred to as Jesus' first public miracle, but never stopped to wonder about his private miracles. I think the story implies that there were things that happened before from how Marry acts
When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no more wine."

"Dear woman, why do you involve me?" Jesus replied, "My time has not yet come."

His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."

Marry just expects her son to be able to deal with this, and that he will have the servants do things. Many of Jesus' miracles involve a pattern of people following instructions. It seems Marry is acquainted with this pattern already. If this is Jesus' first public miracle, I can't be the first to think along these lines.

Just a thought that hit me on Sunday. I have no particular significance to attach to it, other than I hadn't thought of it that way before. Oh the random tangents that can occur to me during a sermon.

- Peace


Steve said...

Do you mean something like "Jesus we're out of bread!" Jesus says a few words and poof, the breadbox is full! Seriously, why not.

Dave King said...

Well I could imagine something along the lines of:

A man has unexpected guests arrive in the middle of the night. He goes to his neighbour Joesph for help. While the neighbour talks with Joeseph at the door Marry looks for bread, there is not much in the bread basket. Jesus asks her to check the basket on the right, "Jesus, I did not take that basket to the market"
"Mom, look, please..." Marry checks, the basket is full.

Marry takes the bread to the neighbour at the door, who leaves thankful but unaware of what happended. Marry treasures this event in her hart.

- Peace

Richard said...

I still wonder if the proper "dynamic equivalent" of "woman, what is it between you and me" ought to be rendered as "what a co-incidence, I was thinking the same thing".

Either way, Mary seems already familiar with Jesus habit (which we only learn of in his public ministry later in the gospels) making crazy suggestions which result in everything working out once people obey.

Some might even suggest that this pattern still continues today...

kris said...

Are you spelling Mary with two r's on purpose? If it happened once I could see it being a mistake, but every time?! Something must be up.

Yes someone else has thought of this: "Thomas" :-)

~m said...

kris - you read my mind. although, "thomas" saw Jesus a little differently than i do :)

Dave King said...

Not Kirs not delibratley, just locked onto the patern as I banged out the idea quickley. People who don't strugle with spelling really have no idea how hard it is for those of us who do.

Yes, the Koran also has a similar story, were Jesus make a bird out of clay.

- Peace

Richard said...

I read that 80% of people become better spellers simply by reading. The other 20% have to work at it in addition to reading.

Sometimes I wonder if a similar thing applies in other areas like talking, making conversation, reading facial expressions, etc...

Richard said...

By the way, Dave.

Although I don't struggle with spelling, I do have at least some idea how hard it is for those who do because I struggle with reading facial and conversational cues and those around me do not.

I also have two boys who need speech therapy because they do not learn how to speak simply by listening to others speak. If it weren't for my little girl who spoke in complete sentences by 20 months simply because she heard my wife and I talk, I might have believed that my boys delays were simply bad parenting on my part.

I do know what it's like to struggle with tasks that the general populace finds trivial. At the very least, I know more about this than Ralph Klein who thinks that "not looking disabled" counts as "abusing the system".

kris said...

Sorry, I wasn't trying to be an insensitive spell-checker, I was just wondering if there was something to it, because of the repetition.

Dave King said...

Sorry Kris, you weren't being insensitive, for most people it was a perfectly reasonable question. I'm just not most people.

- Peace

Dave King said...

Richard: thanks man, I love you too.

Swansmith said...

I just always assumed that the interesting word renditions that come upon this blog once in awhile were Canadian forms of spelling. :)Oh, the things you learn by reading comments!

Of course, I do know that Neighbour is spelled that way by all of our Neighbors to the North.


Steve said...

Is it possible that from conception Mary knew she was carrying God's offspring and maybe that tipped her off to the possibility of Him pulling off some amazing acts?

Richard said...

Now I'm beginning to wonder if this repeated bibilical pattern of "Jesus giving instructions" before he works a miracle constitutes a more solid foundation for attributing miracles to "Saints".

It's always been explained to me that our prayers are dirty and God will refuse them and so we get Mary or the Saints to pray for us so they can intercept and clean our prayers (before they waste Our Lord's time?). And then out come the Protestant howlings of how they don't need no stinkin badges - I mean intermediaries.

But perhaps the whole discussion needs a complete rework. Maybe the role of the Saints and Mary first needs to be discussed in context of Jesus sending out seemingly crazy instructions, Mary telling us to obey him, and the "saints" being willing to take that leap of faith and obey the crazy instructions.

Or at the risk of oversimplifying, prayers go up and miracles come down. Maybe we need to discuss the role of Mary and the Saints in context of miracles coming down (where the biblical case may be very strong) rather than prayers going up.

Dave King said...

Steve, we're dealing with realy big blanks here, so posible yes. However I read a shift in Mary from Jesus asking her and Joseph

"Why were you searching for me?, Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?"

But they did not understand what he was saying to them.

To Mary 18 years later, who knows that he will make the wine even though he protests.

Richard: you'll have to explain that over lunch sometime.

- Peace

Richard said...

Dave, I'll have to think through the whole thing more carefully before I can give a good explanation. I'm just shooting from the hip and the idea was less than five minutes old when I posted.

As for giving a bad explanation, I think I've already done that :)