Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Easter 7 - Monday - Luke 18-19

I had never before seen the parallelism going on in these two pericopes.
Both the blind man and Zacheus are excluded from the Savior's presence by the crowd
  (who communicate verbally and non-verbally that these two men are not worthy of Christ's presence
    - and the blind man agrees with their assessment in his request for mercy).
But neither man gives up.
And Jesus personally brings salvation to both.
And this being parallelism, the second is greater than the first.


  1. What does this mean?

    "And this being parallelism, the second is greater than the first."

  2. The Scriptures are filled with parallelisms - two thoughts connected together.
    Sometimes the thoughts are opposites - like Psalm 1:6, which pairs the destiny of the righteous and the wicked.
    Sometimes the second in the pair builds on the first - like Psalm 1:2 - not only does the blessed man delight in the Lord's instruction, he also meditates upon it.
    Here in Luke 18-19, the second in the pair is a similar, but greater example of the Lord's mercy.
    thanks for asking