“But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David,’ they were indignant.” Matthew 21:15.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; 2 Samuel 8-9, 1 Chronicles 18-19, and Matthew 21.
Yesterday it was the ten disciples. Today it is the chief priests and teachers. All of them are indignant.
The cause yesterday was the attempt by two of the disciples to move to the head of the “rewards” line.
The offended, in today’s verse, cannot understand why the honor and admiration they are used to getting is being given to someone else.
To protect their position, they must frown on the works of Jesus and to the acclaim He is getting.
And they do a very good job of perpetually attempting to discredit Jesus. Sounds like progressives and conservatives in our political day.
I think that once again being “indignant” tells us plenty about those in that condition. They don’t realize that it is they who are missing something.
The ten disciples should have relished the fact that they would be lesser because Jesus had taught that this was the way His followers should be.
In today’s situation, the offended should have recognized that they were wrong, and that Jesus was Who He claimed to be………and joined the celebration!
We so much need to be led by God. Both the ten disciples and today’s “offended” had great intentions but they were misguided. None of us is immune to falling into the same problem.
We need to take every step with Him. We need to be open to correction. We need to be willing to take a lesser position.
“So much in today’s Scripture for me. Too often I plow my way into trouble by running ahead of You. For deciding and then inviting You to bless me! What folly. Forgive me, Father. I love You, Lord. Guide me, O thou great Jehovah.”
What gets you indignant? How does God figure into it?