The scripture for today is Luke 11:53-12:3.
53-54 The Pharisees and legal experts were furious; and from that time on they plied him fiercely with a host of questions, trying to trap him into saying something for which they could have him arrested.
12 Meanwhile the crowds grew until thousands upon thousands were milling about and crushing each other. He turned now to his disciples and warned them, “More than anything else, beware of these Pharisees and the way they pretend to be good when they aren’t. But such hypocrisy cannot be hidden forever. 2 It will become as evident as yeast in dough. 3 Whatever they[a] have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms shall be broadcast from the housetops for all to hear!
There are two things I am taking from these verses. First, it is mind-boggling to me that our sinful human nature has not changed. The Pharisees were on the lookout for any little slip that Jesus or his disciples might make, so they could discredit them. Swap out Pharisee and insert Media.
The second part of the lesson, about what is said in the dark will be heard in the light. That is a promise that our Almighty Father will bring justice to those who attacked us to make themselves look good. It is also a warning that if we have engaged in this behavior, watch out! God knows what is in our heart-repent and do better.
Oh Lord, you know my heart. You know I struggle to represent You as I should. Forgive me for those times when I’ve said one thing and done something else, when I’ve focused on others faults instead of supporting them. Stay by my side and help me to stay silent when I have nothing good to say and speak the truth only in genuine love. So that when you come again and judge us in the Light of your perfect Love, my motives will be pure and acceptable in Your sight. Amen.
Connie Simmonds firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer Concern: Kindness