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Angels from the realms of glory, wing your flight o’er all the earth…

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Perhaps this is getting too far “into the weeds”, but I’m a little uneasy with the (admittedly straighforwardly biblical) language of “authority.” The disciples’ response after the stilling of the storm (“the wind and waves obey him”) and the centurion’s analogy both imply some kind of agency on the part of the material object of authority, and I question that. It would seem to me to be better to frame this in terms of “God causes to happen what Jesus commands” – more nearly a matter of “power” than “authority.”

In analogy to a suggestion in response to the prior post that the 4th Gospel at least hints (it looks to me a lot stronger than “hints”) that Jesus healed “through prayer to the Father”, I wonder whether one would be justified to see Elijah as an OT paradigm for what is attributed in the NT to Jesus, in terms of “control of nature.” It did not rain in Israel for 3 years, except “at Elijah’s word,” but the “mechanics” as described in both the OT narrative and NT commentary on it (James 5:17) looks like “prayer to YHWH.”

If that’s a valid lens through which to interpret the NT narratives of Jesus’ authority over nature, then “God causes to happen what Jesus commands” in the realm of “control of nature” looks a great deal like the Johannine “The Father grants whatever Jesus requests.”