“Where did the man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been granted him, and these miracles that are worked through him?”
Tuesday, 6 July 2021
“With the coming of the Sabbath he began teaching in the synagogue, and most of them were astonished when they heard him. They said, ‘Where did the man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been granted him, and these miracles that are worked through him?’ ” (Mark 6:2)
The people in the synagogue would, perhaps, have been praying and reciting psalms. Jesus would have read from the Scriptures and interpreted them with wisdom and authority. Yet, it was difficult for those people to imagine and understand that Jesus had been given such insight. Was this because they were envious? Were they aware that this wisdom may have been beneficial to them? Perhaps they felt that he had no right to have received such a gift. Perhaps they wondered who he thought he was carrying out miracles. Had they closed their minds to the truth that he was sharing?
The objections that we read about in this verse seem to be about the message Jesus is delivering. We are not told his exact words, but we assume that this was not his “same old story”. This was a new message, possibly challenging, probably provocative. Perhaps another reason for the astonishment of the people. Did they miss out on the lesson because their objections and astonishment at his teachings drowned out the wisdom?
How often do we dismiss the value or fail to see the wisdom in the world around us? Is this because we feel that the person delivering the message is not suitable for the “job”? Are we envious of their position and mission? Is the noise of our complaining louder than the wisdom? How wise are we in behaving in this manner? Perhaps we need to examine our own quality of being wise, our own preconceived ideas of good judgement. Perhaps we need to be mindful and listen more closely for God’s message, to look for the wisdom around us, and open our minds to receive the messages that we need to.