Wisdom is considered a sign of weakness by the powerful because a wise
man can lead without power but only a powerful man can lead
without wisdom. - Mark B. Cohen
Yeshua Contrasted with Leaders
More than a dozen major contrasts between Yeshua and other worldly
leaders show the chasm to be wide, deep, and profound.
1. He built his following from no earthly basis of
authority, neither from the secular world nor the religious one.
2. He was reticent to be cast as a leader.
3. He did not ally himself with the civil authorities.
4. He did not ally himself with the religious authorities.
5. He did not ally himself with the rebels.
6. He did not ally himself with the rich and powerful.
7. He did not ally himself with the "intellectuals".
.8. He made no move to establish a political power base at all.
9. Even though John the Baptist was a relative and
had a large following, he made no move to ally himself with that group,
despite John's willingness to endorse him.
10. Even though he was
willing to identify with the "one who was to come" he did not reinforce
the idea that he was the Messiah, and told his disciples NOT to tell anyone
that he was.
11. At some point he deliberately attempted to shed those
followers that didn't understand what he was talking about.
12. When he was regaled as the king messiah, he simply walked away from it.
13. He didn't endorse previous "great" men.
14. He said almost nothing about the myriad of mundane aspects of life.
15. He didn't rail against immorality or bad behavior, but only against hypocrisy.
16. He didn't even rail against politics nor even the oppression of his people.
17. His message was never about anything but understanding God and entering the
"Kingship of the Heavens".
18. He did real, tangible miracles, mostly of healing, and wanted to keep those quiet!
19. His focus was on the ultimate issues, not the mundane,