Thursday, August 31, 2017

"an herd of many swine feeding" - Anger of Christ Jesus

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Anger of Christ Jesus

Christ Jesus showed anger in some occasions when a certain handicapped man asked healing from Him.
In Mark 1:41, a leper has approached Jesus seeking to be healed. Most Greek manuscripts (the New Testament was originally written in Greek), as well as later translations, say that Jesus was moved with compassion and healed the man. A few manuscripts, however, say that Jesus’ anger was kindled before he healed him. So did the verse mean to convey Jesus’ anger or his compassion?
This now leaves the other Greek manuscript, the fifth-century C.E. Codex Bezae, as the sole Greek witness to the reading expressing Jesus’ “anger.” Much like the cheese in “The Farmer in the Dell,” Codex Bezae stands alone.

But most interesting of all, the Codex Bezae may in fact have the better (i.e., original) reading. As New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman pointed out in a 2005 article in Bible Review, “one factor in favor of the ‘angry’ reading is that it sounds wrong.”**It is much easier to believe that early scribes were troubled by Jesus’ anger and changed it to his feeling compassion, rather than the other way around. Later scribes also would have preferred the easier “compassion” reading and copied it until it became the more popular reading. (As Ehrman explains, there are other passages in the Gospel of Mark that seem to support the reading conveying Jesus’ anger.) Thus does Codex Bezae now stand as a lonely witness to what is very likely the original Greek text of Mark 1:41.
So, in this case, we had better think that Christ Jesus got angry when the leper approached Christ Jesus to ask healing from Him.   And His anger must have been so clear that a certain disciple who observed the incident could find it.  But why did Christ Jesus get angry?

First of all, Christ Jesus said that there were no good persons except God who was only good.  Therefore even some handicapped men or sick men could be controlled by Satan to be evil.

If such an evil handicapped or sick person asked help from Christ Jesus, there must have been ill motivation behind the act.  He or she might approach Christ Jesus with an intention to test Him rather than to be blessed and healed by Him.  In that case, although Christ Jesus could heal the person and actually healed him or her, He had to show His mind that He could see through evil in hi or her mind.  So, Christ Jesus must have looked showing anger to a certain disciple who was observing the incident.

Even evil handicapped or ill persons came to ask help from Jesus, though, with an evil intention to test Christ Jesus.  Accordingly Christ Jesus looked or got angry.

But if a disciple or a follower of Christ Jesus had sensed anger in the face of Christ Jesus, he must have put more words to explain why He looked angry when he wrote the original Gospel of Mark, since it was rare that Christ Jesus got angry and the situation was a little complicated.  Indeed, most of those who copied the original Gospel could not understand the situation and the mind of Christ Jesus so that they changed the word anger to compassion.

It tells that there is a strong possibility that the original Gospel of Mark was based on an original document written by Christ Jesus Himself.  When Jesus wrote the document, He must have remembered His own anger when He encountered such a handicapped or ill person haunted by Satan.  Accordingly Jesus used the word anger in describing these incidents, while remembering how He felt on those occasions.  

Mar 1:40 And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
Mar 1:41 And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.
Mar 1:42 And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.
Mar 1:43 And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away;
Mar 1:44 And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

It is very likely a priest with evil spirit tried to test Christ Jesus by using the leper, which Christ Jesus saw through with anger.

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Mat 8:30 And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.
Mat 8:31 So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.
Mat 8:32 And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.