How does Daniel's reaction to the horde that comes to see Jesus at Bethsaida differ from that of Joel?

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Hello! When the leader of the Zealots, Rosh, tells Daniel to fix his favorite dagger, Daniel has no choice but to do as he is told. Although Daniel tells Rosh that he does not have the right tools for the job and that he would need a new collar and a rivet, Rosh unfeelingly orders him to get them from Simon. As Simon is also a Zealot, Rosh expects Simon to donate to the cause of freedom. Daniel is flabbergasted at Rosh's presumption, but decides that he will look for Simon. When he gets to Simon's shop, everything is locked up. Daniel soon finds that he must make his way to Bethsaida if he is to locate Simon.

Both Daniel and Joel go to Bethsaida. When they get to the town, they meet a couple who are taking their son to Jesus for healing; having been bitten by a camel, their son's hand is badly swollen. When Daniel finds out that this Jesus also heals, he asks whether Jesus is a doctor. The man is aghast that Daniel hasn't heard of the preacher who heals. When Daniel turns to Joel, Joel is suspicious. It is clear that this Pharisee boy has been warned by his father not to trust Jesus. When they get to Jonas' house where Jesus is to speak, they see the throng of people who have come to him for all manner of healing. Later on, Daniel is incredulous that the boy with the swollen hand seems to have been healed. He refuses to believe it, going so far as to accuse the father of lying. On the other hand, Joel wonders whether Jesus is just another magician. After all, he does not seem to heal everyone. Simon tells him that those who are healed have something the others don't: faith.

When Jesus speaks about the Kingdom of God to the people, Daniel is angry. He looks at the people with disdain and questions their ability to understand everything it would take to usher in the kind of peace the Kingdom of God is made of. As a Zealot, he is contemptuous of a people who would never lift up their hands to fight for freedom. Meanwhile, Joel is appalled that Jesus refers to the multitude of common Jewish people as children of God. As a Pharisee, he is adamant that they are unclean, have never heard the Law taught, and therefore, cannot be considered worthy to be children of God.

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