The Healing Touch of Jesus

In this example, Simon’s wife is taken captive by the rebels, a very shameful thing to happen to someone and the origin of an “anti-Messianic Secret”.

“This success of Simon excited the zealots afresh; and though they were afraid to fight him openly in a fair battle, yet did they lay ambushes in the passes, and seized upon his wife… but instead of indulging any merciful affection, he grew very angry at them for seizing his beloved wife; so he came to the wall of Jerusalem, and, like wild beasts when they are wounded… he caught all those that were come out of the city gates… he then tormented them and destroyed them, out of the immense rage he was in, and was almost ready to taste the very flesh of their dead bodies. He also cut off the hands of a great many, and sent them into the city to astonish his enemies, and… those that had been the authors of his wife’s seizure. He also enjoined them to tell the people that Simon swore by the God of the universe, who sees all things, that unless they will restore him his wife, he will break down their wall, and inflict the like punishment upon all the citizens… These threatenings so greatly affrighted, not the people only, but the zealots themselves also, that they sent his wife back to him; when he became a little milder, and left off his perpetual blood-shedding.”

– Josephus, Wars of the Jews, Book IV, 9:8

“While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live. And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples. And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue {flow;} of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. And when Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise, He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand {used hands to get her back;}, and the maid arose. And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.”

– Matthew 9:18-26 (Mark 5:21-43, Luke 8:40-56)

Nice joke, right? Simon gets his wife back by chopping off a bunch of peoples hands so the Bible tells us he “took her by the hand” and ordered them to “lay thy hand upon her to save her”, and Jesus saved her and caused him to lay off the perpetual shedding of blood, because he was a woman, amiright?

Also, in Matthew we here have another good example of the anti-Messianic Secret, something shameful happens to a Jew, like being taken alive by the enemy, then Jesus tells him, instead of keeping it a secret, to spread the news far and wide, shout it from the roof tops, high-five! In this case the shame is on Simon whose wife was taken alive.  So very juvenile, the authors of the Gospels were. Actually, Matthew is the only one with anti-Messianic Secrets, Mark tells her to go in peace and Luke has it as a Messianic Secret, telling them to “tell no man” but it gets told far and wide anyway to shame the Jews;}. So it would seem to me that Matthew is the most advanced formulation of this juvenile satire of a genocide, distinguishing between humiliation for Jews and humiliation for Romans with the anti-Messianic Secret.

This association of a woman in the Gospels with a man in Wars of the Jews is further supported by the apocryphal Gospel of Thomas:

“…Jesus said to them, “When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female, when you make eyes in place of an eye, a hand in place of a hand, a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then you will enter [the kingdom].””

– Thomas 1:22

That is the trick to “entering the kingdom of God” and to “find Jesus” is to make male like female, the inside like the outside. It’s bizarro world, where you just switch the nationalities and genders around as you please to confuse the reader to whom it is not given to understand.

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