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Lesson # Matt. 11:16-17
Study Material - Matt. 11:16-17
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16 But [de] whereunto [tis] shall I liken [homoioo] this [taute] generation [genea] ? It is [esti] like [homoios] unto children [paidarion] sitting [kathemai] in [en] the markets [agora] , and [kai] calling [prosphoneo] unto their [autos] fellows [hetairos] ,
17 And [kai] saying [lego] , We have piped [auleo] unto you [humin] , and [kai] ye have [orcheomai] not [ou] danced [orcheomai] ; we have mourned [threneo] unto you [humin] , and [kai] ye have [kopto] not [ou] lamented [kopto] . KJV-Interlinear
16 'But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market places, who call out to the other children, 17 and say,' We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.' NAS
John, despite his great faith, expressed doubt, but he sought to find an answer to his doubt by going straight to Christ for that answer. The crowd will express a different attitude - criticism and indifference.
Doubt is a weakness for sure, but when it is combined with the search for truth (the search from the correct source - Bible doctrine) then it can be overcome and replaced with a greater sense of confidence.
Criticism and indifference on the other hand carry an underlying rejection of truth and therefore they raise even greater hurdles (the lack of objectivity and the lack of a desire to want to know the truth) to overcome before one can get back on track with God, if at all.
So Jesus compares that generation with an illustration of children sitting in the public market place. The children sit there and criticize everything that the other children did. No matter what those others did, whether real or imagined, the criticism rolled out of the mouths of those who were indifferent.
The generation of negative people is compared to children, immature little ones who spat and argue, who squabble and fight amongst themselves over the smallest of things. They are petty and mediocre in their thinking and in their actions. So it is with any generation of people who reject God. What is left for them in their lives? Nothing but to criticize everyone else. They have nothing in their lives, so they cover their rejection of doctrine with their pretended search for truth by way of criticism. They have nothing better to offer (sounds like liberal politicians). They want the power. They want the attention. They want the population to look up to them. They are ruled by their emotions and their lusts desiring things (authority, attention) that they have no right to, nor has been given to them by God.
They play their little tunes (rules, rituals, regulations, standards with which they want everyone else to abide by) and no one dances to their tunes. So they are put out by the lack of popular support. They play sad songs (their whining and warnings about impending doom if their standards of life are not followed), but no one listens to their whining and propaganda. Who is the 'no one' who is not listening? Those who know the truth
When evil rules, then things go down hill. Evil will still criticize everyone else for not cooperating with their programs. When truth rules, life sees success and prosperity in general (we are still in the devils world and the jungle still functions), the evil types will find something that is wrong or not perfect (still in the jungle) and criticize all for those small flaws of life.
When God rules, then there are no flaws and there is no real target for criticism, but again those who reject God because of their own lusts for that which God possesses (power, authority, etc.) will turn to the jungle and criticize God based on the flaws of the jungle (the world around us).
You just can't argue enough with people whose pattern of life is criticism. Their ears are closed, therefore they do not heed the words of Christ - 'He who has ears, let him hear.' They remain naive and without knowledge because of their own rigid attitude.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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