The herdsmen in the city (Mt 8:33-8:33)

“The swine herdsmen ran off.

They went into the town.

They told

The whole story

About what had happened

To the demoniacs.”

 

οἱ δὲ βόσκοντες ἔφυγον, καὶ ἀπελθόντες εἰς τὴν πόλιν ἀπήγγειλαν πάντα καὶ τὰ τῶν δαιμονιζομένων.

 

All three synoptic gospels. Mark, chapter 5;14, and Luke, chapter 8:34, and Matthew here, have the herdsmen of these pigs tell everybody in the area what happened, with slight nuances in each story.  The shepherds of these herds of pigs ran off (οἱ δὲ βόσκοντες ἔφυγον) when they saw what had happened to their flocks.  They went into the town (καὶ ἀπελθόντες εἰς τὴν πόλιν), probably Gadara.  Then they told the whole story about what had happened to the demoniacs (ἀπήγγειλαν πάντα καὶ τὰ τῶν δαιμονιζομένων) and their herd of pigs.  They were without a job.

The attack of the Chaldeans (Jer 32:24-32:25)

“See!

The siege ramps

Have been cast up

Against the city

To take it.

The city is faced

With sword,

With famine,

With pestilence.

The city has been

Given into the hands

Of the Chaldeans

Who are fighting against it.

What you spoke

Has happened.

As you yourself can see.

Yet you!

O Lord God!

You have said to me.

‘Buy the field

For money!

Get witnesses!’

Even though the city has been

Given into the hands

Of the Chaldeans.’”

The prayer of Jeremiah continued as he came to the present day situation of the attack by the Chaldeans, a Semitic people from the southeastern section of Babylon on the Euphrates River. The siege ramps were already in place against Jerusalem. The Chaldeans had come to take this city by sword, famine, or pestilence. What Yahweh had predicted, has happened. The Chaldeans have already taken over this city, as anyone can see with their own eyes. Yahweh had told Jeremiah to buy a field with money and witnesses, even though the city was in the hands of the Chaldeans. This purchase was a sign of hope for the future.

What effect does Job have on God? (Job 35:5-35:8)

“Look at the heavens!

See!

Observe the clouds!

They are higher than you.

If you have sinned,

What do you accomplish against him?

If your transgressions are multiplied,

What do you do to him?

If you are righteous,

What do you give to him?

What does he receive from your hand?

Your wickedness affects others like you.

Your righteousness affects other human beings.”

Job had no effect on God, because God is transcendent, above it all. When he sinned what did it accomplish? When he offended God, what happened to him? If he was righteous what did it give him? In fact, wickedness affects other human beings more than God. Elihu seems to have a view of God as impassible. He was unmoved whether humans were good or bad.

Tobit and Tobias were afraid (Tob 12:16-12:22)

“Both of them were shaken. They fell face down. They were afraid. But Raphael said to them.

‘Do not be afraid!

Peace be with you!

Bless God forevermore.

As for me,

When I was with you,

I was not acting on my own will,

But by the will of God.

Bless him each and every day.

Although you were watching me,

l really did not eat or drink anything.

What you were seeing was a vision.

So now get up from the ground.

Acknowledge God!

See!

I am ascending to him who sent me.

Write down all these things that have happened to you.’

He ascended. Then they stood up. They could see him no more. They kept blessing God. They kept singing his praises. They acknowledged God for these marvelous deeds of his, when an angel of God had appeared to them.”

Obviously Tobit and Tobias were shuck up over this experience. They fell face down on the ground afraid. Then Raphael spoke to them again. He told them not to be afraid. They should have peace and bless God forever. Raphael explained that he was sent by God. Although he was with them all this time, he never ate or drank anything. I am surprised that Tobias never noticed this. Raphael explained that he was a vision. Then he ascended into heaven. He told them to write down what had happened to them. Tobit and Tobias kept praising God for the marvelous deeds that God had done for them by sending an angel to help them.