August 14th, 2019
The Pharisees Feathers were Ruffled
Matthew 9:10-13 (KJB) And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? 12 But when Jesus heawererd that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. 13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Oh, those Pharisees, they were sticklers for keeping The Law. At least in examining what was apparent in the lives of others. If one should examine the Pharisee’s lives with a “spiritual magnifying glass” there would certainly be much sin, mishaps, and inconsistencies, but none of these men wanted to look closely at themselves. They only desired to observe and challenge what was happening in the lives of others, including that of Jesus Christ.
When these Pharisees saw who Jesus chose to meet with, publicans and sinners, they began to question His disciples about this offensive practice. Why, because these individuals who Jesus sat with and broke bread with, were seen by the Pharisees collectively as lowlife, or people who did not deserve the mercy and company of Christ. Anotherwards, these people were considered the scum of the earth and being nowhere near their own personal standard of perceived worthiness. Jesus’s choice to sit with these people was certainly a red flag for the Pharisees.
Though their feathers were ruffled, Jesus wasted no time in placing these Law loving men in their proper spiritual position. No person, them, or those who they perceived as worthless and insignificant, will ever deserve the mercy and grace of Christ. In fact, all people are on level ground in coming to the cross of Christ to seek repentance for their own sin. No individual deserves God’s mercy or can “be good,” or keep The Law on his or her own merit.
A person in need of God’s spiritual healing often needs support and encouragement in hearing and applying the gospel message. Often, we must make precious time to go to them, for they will not understand their need to come to the Truth of Christ. Do not be proud or timid in associating with what some might consider to be “the wrong people.” Perhaps somebody’s desperate heart is waiting for seeds of the Gospel message to be planted and God has chosen you to sow the seed, even when it is in an extremely dry desert place in this world.
Examine yourself personally against the holiness and perfection of God first seeing you are not worthy, but He is. Then you can extend a hand in helping others meet and identify Christ. No person, including Pharisees and “religious people,” deserve God’s mercy and grace. However, He has made a pathway available for whosoever chooses to identify with Him and agree with Him about the dark nature of sin at work in this world.