2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
Jesus is described here as one who grew up as a tender shoot. The word tender indicates a caringness, and a gentleness of spirit. Jesus said on his sermon on the mount “blessed is the poor in spirit”for he shall inherit the earth. Poor in spirit means meek – it means gentle and humble. The sense that Jesus the Messiah was born and grew up as a tender shoot before God indicates He was gentle and tender. This is not what you would expect of God who is always angry with us, who lays sickness and tragedy on his children for reasons we are not expected to understand. Why would Jesus do that? I tell you why – it is because he would not! The tragedy and sickness and devastation in people’s lives comes from us living in a fallen world, where we are victims of circumstance. Other people who may be under the control of Satan, may drink too much, get behind the wheel of a car and then drive into us, maiming or killing us.
The rain falls on the just and the unjust alike. It is because when God gave control of the earth to man, it was all set up to work for us – to be a place of blessing. Instead, man fell and God cursed the ground. Evil came into the world via Satan, who was the super slick deceiver – the master musician and seductive creature. The word tells us in the book of James that every good and perfect gift comes from our father in heaven. Sickness and disease is not a good and perfect gift. On the other hand we read that Satan goes around like a roaring lion, seeking those he may devour. We read that Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy. So when you look at those two things side by side, who do you think brings sickness and tragedy? Certainly not God!
So many people say, whilst God does not do these things – he allows them to happen to us, for a reason. When we try to understand what reason a loving father could want to allow one of his children to be injured and become a quadriplegic, then we say it is to teach us a lesson maybe. Or perhaps we use the good old line – His ways are higher than our ways – it is not for us to understand! Well I disagree . God’s ways are higher than our ways – but he is always consistent with hos character, and that is to bring goodness and life.
Here’s my final thought for today. If Jesus allows us to get sick, because it is his will for us to learn something through it, why does he tell us to heal the sick? I mean if God is allowing you by His will (for reasons we can’t understand) to become sick, then if I am to pray that you be healed, like the word tells me to (actually the word says heal the sick, it does not say pray for the sick), then I would be praying against God’s will. So since I never know if the sickness is allowed by God as part of His will or not, it is pointless for me to pray for healing, because how could we pray to God to ask him to change his will?
Makes you think, I hope.