Putting God's Word into Practice…

Matthew 21-Self-Imposed Posers!

on January 24, 2012

Please read the chapter before you read what I learned.  I really hope that anyone who happens to read this blog would search the Bible for themselves first. =)

Chief priests and scribes were most recently referenced in Matthew 20:18 when Jesus predicted that He would be delivered over to them and they would condemn Him to death.  The chief priests and scribes despised Jesus.  They were threatened by Him getting glory (21:15), coming into their territory (21:12), and extinguishing their authority (21:23).  They were clinging to their self-imposed authority and unwilling to yield to His true authority.  They even thought it was their plan to arrest and kill Jesus.  It was God’s plan–under His authority.  He knew their hearts were hardened and prideful enough to do it.

Jesus gave them ample warnings and opportunities to humble themselves to His Lordship.  In verses 14-17, they could have been moved by the songs of the children and joined in worshiping  Jesus through singing, “Hosanna!” Hosanna means, “Lord save us.”

In verses 23-27 they could have had their questions answered by Jesus about where His authority comes from, but they feared man more than God.

In verses 28-32 upon hearing of the mercy offered to tax collectors and prostitutes, they could have believed that Jesus was the Son of God and received His mercy for themselves.  But they would not concede.

Jesus warned them of death and spiritual rejection for going ahead with their hatred and plans in verses 33-46.  But they refused to give up their plans and accept Him as Lord.

Time and again, the chief priests and scribes would not let go of their pride, indignation and fear that ruled their hearts.  I believe there is such a thing as modern day “chief priests and scribes.”  Whenever I choose to follow my own plan and set myself up as the authority, I am rejecting Jesus’ authority. That can only last for a little while–true authority always wins in the end.  As long as we have breath, it is not too late to lay down our pride and plans and believe in Jesus as Lord.

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