Skip to main content

Matthew 12

Jesus proves to be perfect wisdom in human flesh. The Scribes and Pharisees attempt time and time again to trick Jesus or make him sound foolish but they are the ones made out to be fools. 

The Sabbath was given by the Lord to the Sons of Israel for two reasons: First, would they trust his word. Second, for their benefit. However, the pharisees made additional laws to keep people from breaking the Sabbath. The Sabbath became a burden rather than a blessing for the people of God. Jesus would later tell Pilot, “For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” (Jn. 18:37, NASB) The pharisees were not teaching the truth about the Sabbath; therefore, understanding about the Sabbath is one area that the Messiah came to redeem. Jesus said something that must have sounded atrocious to them. He claimed to be Lord of the Sabbath. Now why would he say that? Because the pharisees (by making additional laws) had made themselves lords of the Sabbath.

They thought that they could catch him in the wrong on the Sabbath by asking him if it was legal to heal on the Sabbath. They wanted a simple yes or no answer but this is not the answer that Jesus gave. He answered with wisdom. He knew that they took care of their animals on the Sabbath. Also, they knew that the word declared man more valuable than animals. Given these two truths they had no words to speak against his healing a man on the Sabbath. If they opened their mouths they would look like fools; therefore, they conspired privately to do evil. All of Jesus words and actions fulfilled prophecy.

The pharisees could not defeat the wisdom of Jesus; therefore, they attempted to defame his character. They could not deny that he was healing men, so they declared that he was casting out demons by the ruler of the demons. However, even in their attempt to defame his character they were defeated by the wisdom of the Son of God. 

Jesus said that blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. There has been much written about this and I will say what I believe. Many have also used this to cause fear in others. And many have feared whether or not they have committed the unpardonable sin. Even the author of “Pilgrim’s Progress,” John Bunyan feared at one point in his life that he may have committed the unpardonable sin. I believe that Jesus had judged these men and found them guilty. Judgment day is coming but for these pharisees it has already come.

What is in the heart the mouth speaks. This is a hard thing because I personally have said so many things that I regret. My heart is often revealed by my words. I believe this is why James wrote to be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger. (Jam 1:19) I confess that I am often slow to listen, quick to speak and quick to anger.

Jesus had been going throughout Galilee, preaching the kingdom of heaven and healing many many people. Yet, some scribes and Pharisees came and requested that he perform a miracle in their sight. He knew that these men were already making plans to kill him. They would kill him through Pilot and his body would be placed in a tomb but on the third day the tomb would be empty. In the face of the facts they would still refuse to believe. 

Lastly, Jesus declared his family are those who do the will of his Father. What is the will of the Father? To believe in him whom the Father sent. (Jn 6:40)

Popular posts from this blog

William George Davis, RN

Today I write with a broken heart an open-letter to my nursing colleague, friend and I hope, brother in Christ William Davis, RN. Will has been accused of murder and was arrested on April 11, 2018. I write this as an open-letter because this has become an open-matter. Will Davis and Family Copied from Facebook Dear Will, I miss your smiles and your jovial laughter on our nursing unit. I first meet you about 5 years ago in the spring of 2013. My wife met you before I did; I remember her telling me, “I met a guy in orientation who is going to work on your unit, he is so excited to work on your unit and is real fun.” From that time on you were usually laughing and all smiles. Often times you brought a bag of candy to work, because of this, and your jovial laughter I nicknamed you the Candyman and would even sing in your presences, “Who can make the sun rise and cover it with cheer…the Candyman can, the Candyman can because he mixes it with love and makes the world taste good.”

The Three Aspects of Faith

Faith is made up of three things: knowledge, belief, and trust…Faith is believing that Christ is what He is said to be and that He will do what He has promised to do. (Spurgeon, C.H.) “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?. . So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. (Romans 10:13-14, 17) When sharing the gospel publicly, and more specifically through open-air preaching you will likely be stopped from preaching by someone who claims to be a Christian.  Oftentimes when preaching in open-air, you will be preaching to a moving crowd.  Someone may walk by and hear you talking about sin and judgment.  Another may walk by and hear you talking about Christ redemptive work on the cross.  I use to think that there was the possibility that those who claimed to be Christian, who stopp

Come Follow Me

Mark 10 It was Jesus’ custom to teach when a crowd gathered. He taught that it is not God’s will that a wife and husband should separate, for he considers them one flesh. Later, his disciples questioned him about this and Jesus told them that to divorce and marry another is committing adultery. Jesus used the metaphor of how a child excepts as being the way we should except the kingdom of God. Jesus corrected a rich young man’s understanding of good and showed him that to repent and follow Jesus Christ is the only good that a man can do. It is impossible for people to enter the kingdom of God but with God all things are possible. Jesus promised eternal life to all who leave whatever is holding them back from following him. On the journey to Jerusalem, Jesus told his disciples about his coming arrest, trial, humiliation, suffering, death and resurrection three days later. James and John sought honor for themselves at Jesus right and left sides in his kingdom, but he told them, it is for