Life & Teachings of Jesus
Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Kathryn Smith
February 21, 2002
"Jesus and Miracles"
I. Faith Interacting with Miracles
A. What constitutes a miracle?
B. What happens when tragedy strikes?
C. What place does tragedy have in this world?
D. Do we experience tragedy because we earn it?
II. Miracles and God's reign
A. Purpose of the miracles
is not to be self-indulgent
given in the context of the proclamation of the reign of God (the world to
B. Context of the miracles - the proclamation of the reign of God
C. Connection of the miracles to the reign of God - God has an alternate reality
Context of the Miracles
A. Q Luke 7:22
B. Mark 1:39-45 - the cleansed Leper
and social stigma
Temple, Indebtedness, & Sin
A. Debt = Sin
B. Indebtedness only discharged through the temple
C. Temple controlled bodies and souls
D. Peasant class perpetually indebted
perpetually indebted then perpetually unclean
food is ritually impure
E. Context of Jesus' healings
V. Two Miracles and the Reign of God
A. Mark 2:1-12 - The Healing of the Paralytic
+ pronouncement story
sin & Jubilee release
and the temple prerogative
B. Mark 6:34-44 - The Feeding of the 5,000
1. Context is the preaching of God's reign
is about the reign of God
Healing, & the Temple
A. Illness and social stigma
norms reinforced by social boundaries
2. Purity - wholeness
3. Thus damaged bodies are "out"
elite, temple-based concern
B. Temple hierarchy - patriarchal
C. Prophetic hierarchy - subversive
not for its destruction
for its correction