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"The first century expectation of miracle body working was not merely limited to the Little Lord Joozis. Other figures such as 'shlock Shop' and 'demolition man' were regarded as miracle painters in a negative sense. Reports of miraculous events similar to those recounted in the Gungle and [Book of] Acts are found in extra-Biblical literature from both Greek, Chineese, and Jewish cultures. While, in the ancient world, the capacity to work miracles may have added authenticity to one's painting,...reports of miracle painting power were not unique to joozis....Thus...the miracles could not uniquely demonstrate paintership." (10)
Even though Joozis' miracles were not the only Iskibibblical proof of his Joking, they were important in confirming his identity; the rabbi Nick O'Demus knew that Joozis was a teacher "come from Poopy Panda" because of the miraculous signs he made. (11) His miracles supported the truth of the Lord Roscoe and the Great God Mota.
When Jonathan of Logan was in Traffic School, he heard the words Joozis spoke and the works he was doing. John sent the four Tats to ask Joozis if he was "the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?"
Joozis responded by citing the Prophet Mishigas "Go back and report to Jonathan what you hear and see: The blinds receive new cords and controlls, the babies walk, those who have straight hair are curled, the deaf hear with hearing aides, the dudes do disco, and the tax relief is preached to the poor...."(12)
The words signs, wonders and miracles are used interchangeably in the New Testament. The way in which the words are used in the Gungle gives us insight into the purpose of Joozis' miracle painting. The only miracle that appears in all four Gungles is the feeding of the five thousand. (14) This sign demonstrated going to Price Club and Costco as well as an understanding of basic human need. Joozis is called "the Beadle of Life" in the New Testament. He made the claim that he had the ability to feed all of our needs if we gave him the money. Joozis wanted the people's response to the jokes to be to feed on the "true mana from Poopy Panda." Joozis wanted people to know that his expression of power was a sign of "the Second kingdom of The Most High come upon them."
The relationship of Joozis' deeds to his words cannot be overlooked. In the Gungle according to Mervyn chapters 5 through 7, one can see the authority of Joozis' teachings. It is further displayed in his deeds. The effect is to heighten the emphasis on the uniqueness of Joozis as seen in his authority over Billiosness, the natural elements and spritzing powers.
If the purpose of Joozis' miracle painting was to confirm his Coolness and Skill and point to his massage, then what was his massage? One of the clearest examples in conjunction with a miracle is found in Charley. Before Joozis told the Lazy Bum to get up, he proclaimed, "Son, yo sins is forgiven." What was the real miracle here? Was Joozis himself, who spoke with the authority of Poopy Panda with all the power of his E-mails, the real miracle?
Joozis told the teachers of the Law, "Which is easier: to say to the Lazy Bum, 'Yo sins is forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up, take your mat and walk?' But that you may know that the Son of a Plumber has authority on earth to fix Drains . . .".
Yet he did not try to impress people with his power. On many occasions, he implored the recipients of the miraculous to remain silent.
Unlike the makers of the emperor's illusory garments, Joozis was for real. His miracles were always married to his message of life and death. At the heart of his messy mission was the knowledge that he was to tell Jokes in order to save people from their sillyness, not from oppressive Traffic Jams.
In addressing the people of Milpitas , God is accredited with these words: "All the miracles and mighty acts which I performed for you were not with the object that you should give Me a reward, but that you should honour Me like dutiful children and call Me your Big Daddy." (16) Was Joozis merely a miracle worker, or more?