May 06, 2018: SOAP #3076: 2Samuel 11, 12; Psalm 51; Matthew 23 Scripture:  Matthew (NIV) 23:2 “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. 3 So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. […]

May 06, 2018: SOAP #3076: 2Samuel 11, 12; Psalm 51; Matthew 23

Scripture:  Matthew (NIV) 23:2 “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. 3 So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. 4 They tie up heavy loads and put them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. 5 “Everything they do is done for men to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; 6 they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues;   11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

Observation:    Jesus was speaking to 'the teachers of the law and the Pharisees,' but it seems to me that he could be speaking to many of the politicians of today.   They pass laws that do not apply to themselves.   They pass spending bills that the nation cannot afford. By so doing, they are taxing future generations that are not even yet born.    For those in God's kingdom, authority is a tool to be used in serving others.

Application:    Jesus is calling me to be a servant, to talk like a servant, to act like a servant"not just a servant on the outside but starting from the inside with how I think.   I am a servant of God; and I am a servant of people, God's highest creation.

Prayer:      Heavenly Father, it is my great privilege to be your servant.   It is my prayer to one day hear you say, 'Well done, my good and faithful servant.'  Amen

Pastor Leon
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