Over three decades ago I become interested in the Bible, having drank from the heavenly cup once, I have not been tired to drink more
Why Are They Supposedly Righteous?
Those rulers of the law were supposedly righteous because of the followings:
1. They were taught the law from childhood like others: As it has been clearly spelt out to them by prophet Moses that they should be teaching their children the law of the Lord, these people have been taught the law of the Lord alongside with others.
“According to the sentence of the law which they shall teach thee, and according to the judgment which they shall tell thee, thou shalt do: thou shalt not decline from the sentence which they shall shew thee, to the right hand, nor to the left.” (Deut 17:11)
2. They Obeyed and Practiced what learnt: Unlike others who did not obey nor practice what they were taught, they obeyed and practiced the laws of Yahweh to the letters and sometimes even what was not taught them which has become a tradition were followed.
3. How do we Know this? We got to know this because they are revealed in their actions attitudes and dressings. Zac Poonen in his sermon on pharisees say they think holiness is in the style of one’s cloth, therefore, they broaden their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their garments.
“But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,” (Matt. 23:5)
They claimed to be doing this in accordance with what prophet Moses says in the book of Numbers 15:38, as God has given him directives, thence those not doing this, nor dressing contrary to this they considered sinners and are people who should not be associated with on a closer basis other than being and relating with them at an arm’s length.
Why Do They Murmur?
The Jews would thing they were defending the cause of their religion when they were reacting to what Jesus was doing, interacting with the people but on another note we shall see that they murmur not because they love God but because of their selfish ambitions.
1. They Know Their Source of Income would be Affected: They murmured because their sources of income would be affected, those whom they have been held captive by their traditions which is not the law of God would be delivered.
“For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.” (Mar 7:8)
There are many who are like pharisees today in their attitudes to people who are coming to repentance, they will also be murmuring not because they are protecting nor defending the gospel but knowing that their source of income would negatively be affected. These kinds of people also lived during the days of the apostles of Jesus, thence, apostle Paul cautions us against them.
“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” (Col 2:8)
We need to grow beyond the level where we shall be tossed around by vain philosophies of men which people use to teach believers to the full knowledge of who we are in Christ Jesus.
2. They raised dust because many people go to him: They cannot contain themselves again on seeing that many people started following him.
3. Those in prison are being let loose: They murmured because the eyes of people are being opened, the chains of lies which have been on them for long have been broken….
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
“To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.” (Isa. 61:1-3)
The third law of motion states that “actions and reactions” are equal and opposite. Jesus notices their action to what he is doing, and he also decides react to it.
“And he spake this parable unto them, saying,” (Luk 15:3)
In reacting to them as his case was he decides to share a story to remove their doubts, clear their minds, touch their hearts, and bring them to God they claim to be defending which they do not know his rudiments.
“All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:
“That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.” (Mat 13:34-35)
God through Jesus will always react to our actions by telling us what we need to do either directly or through proverbs as he has been doing since the time immemorial. For he reacted to what King David did by killing Uriah the Hittite by telling him a parable in which he also passed the judgement on himself without knowing until the prophet told him he is the culprit in the parable that God has asked him to share with him.
“And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor.
“The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:
“But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.
“And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him.
“And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die:
“And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.
“And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;” (2 Sam 12:1-7)
In the next article we shall see the parable shared by Jesus with them and all, showing the position of God towards sinners and unbelievers and what God was expecting that they do to them to be able to bring more people unto Him.
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