John the evangelist alone records the raising the Lazarus from the dead and the miracle is said to be the cause for the establishment to finally make move to arrest and murder the Messiah (John 11:45-54)
An outsider’s observation
(11:37) And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?
The answer is obvious. At least it is to the speakers. Of course he could. He did not. He does not do everything he has the power or authority to do.
Some people are so without any sense of God’s creative genius. There is no need for God to repeat or duplicate any of his provisions for any creature. He does not do for us (a) what he’s done for others (b) what we can do for ourselves ( at least when we are
There are people who, unable to help themselves, dare to throw rocks of faith at every surprise or unexpected turn in life’s road.
No sickness, no death?
Was no one around who believed as Lazarus’ condition worsened? Were there no two agreeing in prayer whose request God would honour?
Just where do we get the idea from that God is trying to stop people from aging, ailing, and dying? God is honourably glorified in any of our circumstances and this story illustrates how he chooses to intervene.
Just when the fishermen, caught in a vicious storm, thought he did not care, found him asleep, and were pretty sure death was knocking, he rescued them.
In the grand scheme
Could this God not have prevented Adam and Eve from slipping out of innocence? We could go down that rabbit hole but we will not. Prevention is not all that it is cracked up to be. An ounce of prevention may be worth a pound of bandaids, but a cure is permanent and far more satisfying.
Where is that hypocrite who would like to have taken a crack at preventing human history from unfolding the wonderful way that it has?