The term, or title, “wizard” has two definitions when the information is used as a noun, and one definition when wizard is used as an adjective. Interestingly, each of the three definitions complements the other two.
A Wizard (the noun) is a person (or non-person) who possesses and wields magical (unclear or unknown) strength for good, for evil, or for his or her own purpose. A computer wizard (noun), is a software aid to the user’s decision course of action. In this example, the computer user is unsure about something, and he or she consults the wizard for help. British conversation permits wizard to be used as an adjective to describe something to be splendid or marvelous.
Web search “The Wizard of the Saddle,” to learn about an American historical figure who will compel you to pick a side. For you, he will either be admired, hated, seen as an agent of evil or as a genius, splendid in his dedication, or misguided during the most powerful time of his life. Probably, all of you will agree that he fits the definition of a wizard.
Web search Matthew 12:1-8. I have never heard Jesus referred to as a wizard, and I do not suggest such a thing. To the Jewish priests who were appointed by the Judaean King Herod (who walked a fine line of survival as the King of Roman-conquered Jewish Judaea), Jesus was an unknown, but rapidly rising religious strength who might become a political strength in addition. To him, Jesus seemed to be another Rabbi who journeyed about Judaea to encounter and teach the Jewish shared people about God. However, Jesus did not seem to teach in a way that supported the authority of the priests who were appointed by King Herod, plus Jesus had been seen to perform miracles (magic?). For those who had strength, was Jesus and his seemingly magical strength a good thing, evil, or was Jesus empowering himself?
The priests, like Herod, also walked a fine line of survival, with some of them conducting their responsibility in line with what Herod wanted, and others quietly and carefully rebelling against Herod because he cooperated with Roman authority and rule. For them, Jesus was a welcome distraction, someone upon whom to foist blame in order to get the spotlight off of themselves. The priests used members of Jewish religious sects as spies to attempt to publicly trap Jesus and label him as a violator of Jewish religious law, unprotected to prosecution. You read a passage about members of the sect called the Pharisees, who sprang such a trap. however, they were not prepared to hear Jesus lecture them on Biblical history, to belittle them for their without of understanding about God’s point of view. The Pharisees must have walked away from their encounter with Jesus blistering mad at how he had publicly humiliated them.
Continue reading, Matthew 12:9-14. You decide. Was Jesus a magical Rabbi (a wizard) who twisted Jewish law for his own purpose? Did Jesus find himself retained within a complicated web of intrigue that involved controlling Romans, a shrewd Jewish King who played both sides of strength, self-serving priests, and uncompromising Jewish sects who saw everything as right or wrong? Consider this: The Biblical record (known as The Old Testament) features prophets who foretold of a coming savior sent by God. Find those prophets in the Christian Bible; read their prophesy, then read the words of Jesus, that are recorded by several of his disciples. Matthew was one of those disciples who wrote down Jesus’ words, his actions, and context.
Consider Jesus to be the fulfillment of the foretold prophesy. Not a wizard, not magic, not in it for himself, Jesus was and is the tipping point (for all of mankind), the Son of God in the flesh, sent by God to become a sacrifice, the highest point of God’s handiwork that spans from Alpha (the beginning) to Omega (the end) of mankind. Those of us who figure this out and truly believe that Jesus is the Christ will persevere after Omega.