the agitator – Luke’s Jesus 2

7:11-18 – healing of the widow’s son in Nain

  • Jesus is moved by tragedy he encounters, and he is moved to action
  • The focus of the story is on the mother’s status and social/emotional state as a result of her son’s death
    • V. 12 highlights her status: this was her only son, she was a widow: these are clues to show that she is now a widow, and in a state of ‘dire vulnerability’ > her family estate, linked to the males, is now endangered. She is now one step away from destitution. This story is more focused on the mother’s endangered status and v. 15 (‘Jesus gave him to his mother’) highlights her restoration > it’s about her, and the healing of the son lies as the background to that story.
    • V. 13: Luke highlights, as he has not done before, Jesus’ compassion for the woman > “this is less an account of healing and more a disclosure of the character of Jesus’ mission and, there, of the nature of God’s redemptive intervention” [Green, 291]

    Luke 7:11-18  11 Soon afterwards He went to a city called Nain; and His disciples were going along with Him, accompanied by a large crowd.  12 Now as He approached the gate of the city, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a sizeable crowd from the city was with her.  13 When the Lord saw her, He felt compassion for her, and said to her, “Do not weep.”  14 And He came up and touched the coffin; and the bearers came to a halt. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise!”  15 The dead man sat up and began to speak. And Jesus gave him back to his mother.  16 Fear gripped them all, and they began glorifying God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and, “God has visited His people!”  17 This report concerning Him went out all over Judea and in all the surrounding district.  18 The disciples of John reported to him about all these things.

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~ by tmackie on August 14, 2009.

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