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Lesson # Matt. 12:14-15
Study Material - Matt. 12:14-15
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14 Then [de] the Pharisees [Pharisaios] went out [exerchomai] , and held [lambano] a council [sumboulion] against [kata] him [autos] , how [hopos] they might destroy [apollumi] him [autos] .
15 But [de] when Jesus [Iesous] knew [ginosko] it, he withdrew himself [anachoreo] from thence [ekeithen] : and [kai] great [polus] multitudes [ochlos] followed [akoloutheo] him [autos] , and [kai] he healed [therapeuo] them [autos] all [pas] ; KJV-Interlinear
14 But the Pharisees went out, and counseled together against Him, as to how they might destroy Him. 15 But Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed Him, and He healed them all, NAS
The Pharisees not only went out to counsel, but they went out to counsel with the Herodians, Mk. 3:6, the followers of Herod, which group was totally opposite and arch enemies (politically and otherwise) of the Pharisees. It would be like the Pope and Hitler (totally opposite views) getting together to get rid of Santa Claus (representing only something good). Just an association that one would not expect under normal circumstances.
But the Pharisees demonstrate the magnitude of their arrogance and their desperation. Why were they desperate? Their way of life was being threatened. They did not see something better coming along. They did not see the deficiencies of their own attitudes, or rather they refused to see.
Here are two opinions being matched against each other. The first - compassion, benevolence, kindness, mercy, goodness. The second - a love of darkness, tradition, regulation, lust for power, authority, position, keeping ones way regardless of the cost to self or others - the ultimate of self centered selfishness.
The extent that one might go to maintain ones arrogantr attitude? The total destruction of God Himself! Is that not stubborn blindness, or what?
Too often we see folks faced in public life with the position of either bringing out the truth, or of being politically correct. The fear of offending others sometimes runs to the regions we should call ludicrous, but the modern press, the modern public opinion drives people to compromise truth and try more to appease to those who have differing opinions.
What does Christ do? He ignores the opinions of others - God has no respect for the opinions of man. God has no regard for the will of man. God has no appeasment for that which is not true. Jesus went out and healed everyone who approached Him regardlesss of the day of the week, and more importantly, regardless of the opinions of the Pharisees and their man made regulations. He offended them? No. They offend themselves.
There are a lot of opinions out there in the world. Many are outright lies which deceive millions of peoples (billions actually). What do wew do? Nothing. We look to the cultures of the world and we try to understand them. We try not to offend them. We call them honorable because of their 'rich' and 'long' history. But we should know that anything of mans creation or origin is generally evil. Anything that prevents people from coming to know God (through Jesus Christ) is driving them toward the Lake of Fire. Why would that philosophy be honorable?
People are afraid of loosing what they have. They are afraid of loosing social or political alliances, so they make deals with the devil so to speak. Such alliances are deadly and end up only in disaster for an individual, for an organization, for a nation.
An alliance with God through Jesus Christ is far better (infinitely better). The world is going to hate you regardless of your choices even of a choice with the world. There is no honor among thieves. Batter tyo choose God and be a hated person (by the world) but a winner in life and in eternity, than to choose otherwise and still be hated (betrayed sooner or later) and also be a loser in life and eternity.
So we are faced daily with choices. To maintain our usual daily lifestyle and betray truth for our personal selfishness, or to be responsible and do things in life that are right not only for ourselves but for our family, our friends, our company or business or work place, and so forth. What do we fear more - the opinions of others toward us, or the opinion of God? Or do we just maintain an attitude of indifference?
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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