Daily Bible Podcast Day 215 – Nahum 1-3, John 5

June 3, 2013 in Podcasts by Nathan


“So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. In his defense Jesus said to them, ‘My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.’ For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.” ~John 5:16-18

“These things” here refers to the healing of a paralyzed man and other miracles he performed on the Sabbath. Interestingly, when the Jewish leaders confront Jesus about His “violation” of the Sabbath, Jesus further offends them by placing himself on par with God. Jesus seems to intentionally provoke the Jewish leaders. Instead of merely defending himself, he defends himself in a way guaranteed to inspire further anger.

Who do I save my disdain for? Jesus saved his for the hypocritical religious leaders of His day. In the same what that He never condemned the common sinner, I should preserve my love for sinners and my anger for hypocritical legalists.

Father, Jesus seems downright confrontational when it comes to the hypocrisy of the religious leaders of his day. Am I to be on the lookout for that as well? Are we to call out the hypocrisy of the legalists and condemners in the church today? Help me to always have the heart of Jesus, saving my compassion for the “honest” sinner and saving my annoyance for the legalists.

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