When God’s Love Makes You Wait

Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.  So, when He heard that Lazarus was ill, He stayed two days longer in the place where He was.  Then after this He said to the disciples, ”Let us go to Judea again.”

John 11:5-7 ESV

The really remarkable thing is verse six.  Now I don’t like to go around saying that translations are wrong, but sometimes translations are wrong.  And in this case, just about all the translations are wrong.  We read, verse 5, “Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.  So, when He heard that Lazarus was ill, He stayed two days longer in the place where He was.”  But you know, the original is very strong.  It [the word translated “so”] means “therefore.”  Therefore when He heard Lazarus was sick, He stayed where He was two more days.  That’s what the original says.  You can’t get away from it.  Now, listen to the logic again: Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, therefore, when He heard that Lazarus was sick, He stayed away two more days.  In other words, the text is claiming that He shows His love by delay.

~ D. A. Carson in “A Day With Dr. Don: Session 3”

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