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Simon wants Daniel to go with him to the synagogue to her Jesus preach.
Simon tells Daniel he wants him to go to the synagogue with him. Daniel scoffs at the idea, telling him he hasn’t been to the synagogue in five years. Simon tells him there’s a man there he’d like him to see. Simon describes the man as “not in any way arresting” because “he was not regal or commanding” (Ch. 4, p. 46). Yet his voice is strong and “carried to every corner of the room” (Ch. 4, p. 47). Jesus preaches about love in addition to his message about God.
“Hear O, Israel : the Lord our God is one Lord, and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and all your might—“ (Ch. 4, p. 46).
Daniel is clearly impressed with Jesus even though he is also confused. He sees something in him, even though he does not seem outwardly impressive. He does not seem rich or kingly. He preaches nonviolence and love, which is not what Daniel experiences in his everyday life. In fact, after he leaves he is attacked by a Roman soldier.
We can see in Leah’s reaction to Simon that the people are afraid of anything out of the ordinary. People are living in fear and disharmony. It seems as if Jesus’s teachings of respect and love are needed, but have a long way to go in such an environment. He is really up against a system of violence and harshness. Simon is willing to risk breaking to law, even such a simple law as carrying a bundle on the Sabbath, because of the rumor that Jesus is speaking. Clearly Jesus’s message means a lot to many people, but many people are also living in fear. Daniel’s relationship with Simon is both a good and bad thing. Daniel introduced him to Jesus’s message, which meant a lot to him even as it confused him, but at the same time got him into trouble and got him hurt. He has a choice to make.
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