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Lesson # Matt. 11:18-19
Study Material - Matt. 11:18-19
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18 For [gar] John [Ioannes] came [erchomai] neither [mete] eating [esthio] nor [mete] drinking [pino] , and [kai] they say [lego] , He hath [echo] a devil [daimonion] .
19 The Son [huios] of man [anthropos] came [erchomai] eating [esthio] and [kai] drinking [pino] , and [kai] they say [lego] , Behold [idou] a man [anthropos] gluttonous [phagos] , and [kai] a winebibber [oinopotes] , a friend [philos] of publicans [telones] and [kai] sinners [hamartolos] . But [kai] wisdom [sophia] is justified [dikaioo] of [apo] her [autos] children [teknon] . KJV-Interlinear
18 'For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon!' 19 'The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax-gatherers and sinners!' Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.' NAS
Those who refuse to listen to truth will pursue arguments with great vigor. Their arguments, or criticisms aren't concerned that they might be inconsistent, all they want to do is argue until they are blue in the face.
If you turn right, they will criticize that you should have turned left. If you turn left, they will argue that you should have turned right. There is no winning against those who are defiantly closed minded against truth.
The first illustration is John. He lived a life of one who was in mourning, mourning for humanity. He offered constant warning that repentance must come first before the Kingdom of God would be available. The masses, or more correctly the Pharisees and scribes, and educated ones, came out to watch John because he was a novelty. And for a time he was just that, a curiosity and entertaining. But John challenged all to make up their minds. John made it clear that sitting on the fence of indecision was not an option. That sitting on elevated human wisdom, wisdom that was false, was not an option either.
So the curiosity became an accusation of evil, and the evil status of people is a true state, if they do not change their mind from their former ways and beliefs (repent) and believe in the Savior to come, the Son of God, the Lamb of God. Everyone knew what the term 'lamb' stood for. They offered sacrifices daily in the temple and several times throughout the year during the special feast observances. So the death of the offered lamb was clear in everyone's mind. They just presumed that this did not apply to them, or they just did not consider the application of doctrine to the ritual of the sacrifice.
Anyway, the curiosity of John turned into a feeling of insult to them, so they (the Pharisees, etc.) began to accuse John of being demon possessed. If you can't defeat the argument of truth, then defeat it with something that no one can prove or disprove - an argument of ambiguity - a demon in him.
Next Jesus offers himself as the argument that these 'experts' offer. If the criticism against John was demon possession just because he lives a rather plain and simple life, then the opposite life style argument will prove the same (in the minds of those who reject God). Jesus was in the party mode, or the wedding mode. A more festive occasion. Ones does not mourn when the bride groom is among you. One celebrates. And that is what Jesus did. Here is God, the Second person of the Godhead, standing right in their presence and they rejected Him rather than seizing the opportunity to learn more, and to get closer to God than they could have ever imagined.
So what do these defiant ones do? They see their life style being threatened and challenge the very creator of the universe in order to retain what they have. What do people have on this earth? Not much. We are born through no choice of our own. We die through no choice of our own. We live on a little planet in the midst of the universe whose expanse is billions of light years, over which we will never travel nor see first hand. We can't even control, nor do we understand the very fabric of our own being. Yet here is the creator of all things great (universe) and small (DNA) standing right in front of these people, and they reject His words of truth. And what are these so contemptible words? 'Believe in Christ.' That is really all. 'Enter into heaven, gain access to the one true God, through belief in the only begotten Son of God.' Emphasis on the 'only Son.' There is no other person or concept by which people can gain access to God. There are no multiple levels of higher spiritual planes through which we must pass. There are no virgins waiting for us in the next life - doesn't that idea imply some form of sexual slavery? Clearly not a part of Gods policy for people. Who would be the virgins???
So John is a demon for being simple. Jesus is a demon for living a normal life or entertainment (not fasting as they do). The issue of the truth is not even considered, only the argument or criticism against the presenters of the truth - John and Jesus - is presented.
Negative people are not interested in truth, and if you do not conform to their ways, then they will raise the stakes and bring violence against you. They preach heaven which implies peace and fairness, but they offer pressure, intimidation, criticism against those who pursue the Christian life.
In the long run, truth prevails always. They negative types may celebrate here on earth during their short little lives as they perceive victories against positive believers, and they will promote to all who will listen, their celebrations, but their lives will end sooner or later and their celebration will turn to extreme misery.
Who gets the last laugh? Truth, which comes only from God.
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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