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THE GOOD MESSAGE OF
JESUS THE CHRIST
Synthesis
58

Some were present at that time
reporting to him about the Galileans
whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.

He answered them, "Do you think that these Galileans
were sinners beyond all the Galileans,
because they have suffered this?
No, I tell you, but unless you change your minds,
you will all die similarly.
Or those eighteen
on whom fell the tower in Siloam killing them,
do you think they are debtors
beyond all the people living in Jerusalem?
No, I tell you, but unless you change your minds,
you will die all the same."

He told this parable:
"Someone had a fig tree planted in his vineyard,
and he went looking for fruit on it and did not find any.
He said to the gardener, 'Look, for three years
I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree,
and I do not find any;
cut it down; why should it even waste the land?'

"But he answered him, 'Lord, leave it again this year,
until I dig around it and throw on dung;
it might produce fruit in the future;
but if not, cut it down.'"

He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.
There was a woman who had an ailing spirit eighteen years,
and she was bent over and unable to straighten up at all.

Seeing her Jesus called her forward and said to her,
"Woman, you have been released from your ailment,"
and he put his hands on her;
at once she straightened up, and she praised God.

But answering, the synagogue ruler,
angry that Jesus healed on the Sabbath, said to the crowd,
"There are six days on which work is to be done;
therefore come be healed on them
and not on the day of the Sabbath."

But the Lord answered him, "Hypocrites!
Does not each of you on the Sabbath
untie his ox or donkey from the manger
and leading it away give it something to drink?
And this woman being a daughter of Abraham,
whom Satan bound for ten and eight years,
should she not be released from this bond
on the day of the Sabbath?"

When he said this,
all the ones opposing him were humiliated,
and all the crowd was glad
at all the glorious things done by him.

58. Healing on the Sabbath Harmony 58 * Interpretation 58
59. Jesus Accused of Blasphemy Harmony 59 * Synthesis 59 * Interpretation 59

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