What Lies Beneath
Jesus, You disturbed false peace and sought authenticity. Help me to do the same.
Read Luke 20:41–47
 Then Jesus said to them, “Why is it said that the Messiah is the son of David?  David himself declares in the Book of Psalms: “‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand  until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”‘  David calls him ‘Lord.’ How then can he be his son?”  While all the people were listening, Jesus said to his disciples,  “Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets.  They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.” Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
ReflectWhat was Jesus condemning?
After Jesus has finished his debate about resurrection, he embarks on a full frontal verbal attack of his religious critics. The gloves are off, the niceties of theology are forgotten as he exposes and then accuses the teachers of the Law. Beneath their religious acts lie greed and exploitation. This is a group that grooms vulnerable widows (47), fleecing them of their money and all in the name of God. Jesus’ assault is trenchant; they are faking their faith for private gain and people should steer well clear of them (46). This is not going to end well for Jesus. This is a powerful and influential body of men who have friends and allies in very high places. We have already been told that Jesus is living on borrowed time (20:19), and these latest comments will fast-track him to the gallows. The challenge of living authentically is very great. It’s easier to pretend and go through the motions. I remember a former tutor at my theological college warning pastors of the dangers of using the authority given them as a means of controlling people.
Reflect upon your own Christian behavior and language. Where could you be faking it?
God, it is my desire to walk with a heart that is pure before You.
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