January 20, 2020: SOAP #3700: Genesis 49-50; Psalm 8; Luke 20
Scripture: Luke (NIV) 20:20 Keeping a close watch on him,they sent spies, who pretended to be honest. They hoped to catch Jesusin something he said so that they might hand him over to the power andauthority of the governor. 26 They were unable to trap him in what hehad said there in public. And astonished by his answer, they became silent.
Observation: Howthey hated Jesus. He made the teachingsabout God so clear and understandable. And when He did, it made the religious rulers look so foolish. They worked hard to trap Him in Hiswords. But trapping Jesus in His wordswas not easy to do! He is the One Johnintroduced as 'the Word who was in the beginning with God and Who was God.'
Trapping Jesus in His words would be like playing a word game with the one whowrote the dictionary! John said Jesus was the Word who becameflesh! (John 1:14) No wonder thosetrying to trap Him were 'astonished by His answer' and 'became silent!'
Application: Howfoolish of me to play word games with God. How foolish to claim that the Bible says the opposite of what the words mean. In the end, God will judge us according towhat he meant, not according to what I want it to say! (2Peter 1:20) The meaning has been set by the author!
Prayer: AlmightyGod, you inspired men to write the books in the Holy Bible. I will be judged according to what is writtenthere. Thank you for letting me know howmuch you love me and how I can please you. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!