“When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers.” Matthews 20:24.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; 2 Samuel 7, 1 Chronicles 17, Psalm 2, and Matthew 20.
This was pretty ugly stuff!
The mother of James and John requests that her boys get special seating in heaven. What is she thinking?
The boys don’t try to stop her, so they’re complicit.
And then to make matter worse, the other ten disciples hear about what’s going on and they’re upset.
In the Old Testament, God was so angry with the Israelites that He wanted to eliminate them and start over with Moses. Could Jesus have been having similar thoughts regarding the disciples on this occasion?
The mother’s request is troubling but even more so (to me) is the reaction of the other ten disciples.
Think of why they would have been “indignant.” Think of how a Godly person should react in such a situation.
The “other ten” come across as selfish. Why would they resent what James/John were doing? Probably had designs on special seating for themselves but hadn’t asked. J/J tried to jump to the front of the “line” and get ahead of them!
Jesus put all twelve in their rightful places when He said, “whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.” There was no head of the line to think about, instead they should have been thinking about the back of the line.
Will I accept a lesser role? Am I begging for commendation? How do I react when someone else is better than I am? My reactions reveal where I want to be placed in the “line.”
“Shame on me for being jealous of others. I am grateful to be included in Your after-life kingdom. I am totally unworthy of being there, yet through no part of my own, You have granted me an after-life with You. What a Savior! Prick my conscience when I trying to advance myself apart from You. I love You, Lord.”
Are you a front-of-the-line type? Most of us are………unfortunately.