“Offspring of snakes”

Jesus’ biggest battle here on earth was with the religulous “Pharisees”.

I just spent the last couple of days in my study in the Gospels, looking at the fierce battles that Jesus had with all the religulous Pharisees of his time.
What about today? What kind of battle is He in with them today? Does He just overlook them today? What would He call them today, in today’s language?

They were followers of Moses and his Law. They always brought up the Law trying to condemn Him. Lots of times, Jesus would say to them, “it is written in your law”. Then He would go on to supersede their law. This would greatly offend them. After all, who was this man who thought he was God and also how could he know more than us.

The Pharisees loved to quote Moses, but they missed one that was very important.
“The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren, Him you shall hear.”
“I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.”
“And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him.” (Deut.18:15,18-19)
THEY MISSED THESE WORDS!
Are there those who are missing the very words of Christ today? Instead they want to hang on to the “Law and the Prophets”? They spend all their time studying the “OLD Testament” and never search out what Christ taught. Somehow they think that His commandments are less than the “Ten”?

Just how important are “The Commandments of Christ” anyways?
We shall see.

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8 Responses to ““Offspring of snakes””

  1. brotherjohnny Says:

    “Two men went into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a publican….”

    The first a self assured law keeper, the second an admitted failure.

    Which one went out justified that day?

    🙂

    Blessings to you, my brother.

  2. Richard Says:

    Brotherjohnny,
    You got it bro. The “Publican”. The kind of people that Jesus hung with.
    Good to hear from you!

  3. Joe Says:

    I always find it amazing that for people who knew the letter of the Scriptures to the T, they completely missed the intent of them. They were most likely infuriated when Jesus asked “Have you never read ?”, but as we saw over and over again, they really hadn’t.

    Blessings to you –

  4. Richard Says:

    Joe,
    They were certainly the “blind leading the blind”. What about today? What do you see out there?
    Thanks for stopping by!

  5. cindyinsd Says:

    I think that, more than anything, what they missed was the law of Love. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind & soul, and love your neighbor as yourself. On these hang all the law and the prophets–and they really do. It’s not a law to be obeyed, well, legalistically. It’s a law that means something, and the key to the law is love. Jesus is the law fulfilled.

  6. Richard Says:

    Cindyinsd,
    Yes, love is the key. Jesus had it right. He is truth and he did fulfill the Law.
    The Jews were not willing to receive Jesus and his teachings which are from The Father. They were stuck in the “Old Test”. They followed Moses and they said that they were Moses disciples. It’s no different today.
    May the love of and for Jesus break out!
    Thanks for stopping by!

  7. timbob Says:

    Hi Richard. This is interesting in that it coinsides with some thoughts over the past couple of days. John 9:41 reads “Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.” Just as the pharissess thought themselves to “have it all figured out, many today fall into the same trap. It’s important to endure sound doctrine. Unfortunately, however, some folks become so soundly indoctrinated that they can no longer hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. A person can say to themselves “I got this” and in the process cut themselves off to deeper revelation.

    I ran into a guy in Kalamazoo a couple of weeks ago who was carrying a bible. At first it seemed a positive thing and I commented on the fact that he was carrying the word in that troubled part of the city. (I just figured he was out doing the same as me) I don’t know his heart, but what ensued was a distraction that effectively ate up the remainder of time that I had. Instead of having a heart for the lost, he wanted to argue doctrine and even ridiculed the assortment of tracts which I was using. (I’m really careful about the tracts that I distribute. These are oftentimes “one shot deals” and we want that one shot to be substantive.)

    While this man represented a particular denomination, I’ve seen the same pattern take place in a number of places with varying denominational leanings. It’s imperative to stay before the Lord and allow him to reveal to us, things that we may not be understanding properly or areas where spiritual pride is beginning to set in.

    Thanks for a thought provoking post that reflects on some ponderings that I’ve been having. Blessings always in Jesus name.

    timbob

  8. Richard Says:

    Timbob,
    So true. One of the biggest battles out there on the streets are the religious. Many times they are the ones who like you say, want to argue doctrine all day long. Right in front of the lost. They don’t seem to care. What seems most important to them is their doctrine. They are no different than the Pharisees in Jesus’ time.
    If the devil can get you to argue doctrine in front of the lost, I believe he is well pleased. I try not to, by the grace of God. We should ask Him to let us know if we are dealing with a “religious spirit”.
    Keep up the good work there in “Kalamazoo”!

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