Those who believe they have power over some or many others should take great care and heed the example of the Sanhedrin. In the days when Christ walked the earth, the Sanhedrin had great power over the Jews. They were of very high standing in the church and the common Jews bowed in their presence. When Jesus attempted to preach the new law to the church leaders, they rejected Him. They would not believe Him when He stated that He was the Messiah. In no way could this son of a common carpenter be the savior of the world.(Mark 6:3)
But Jesus tried again and again to preach the NEW covenant to them.(Matt 12:1-8) And Christ rebuked them for their disbelief in His ways.(Matt 15:1-14)(Matt 23:11-36) Then He preached a warning which is commonly overlooked. There are many, many passages from the Bible which are memorized and quoted over and over but I have never seen nor heard anyone address this particular passage: “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.”(Matt 7:6) This is a warning which is a bit oblique and difficult to completely understand. I believe it was also a prophecy to Christ’s disciples, when they spread out from Jerusalem, to avoid preaching Christ to the Sanhedrin as they had already rejected and killed Him and so they would do the same to the disciples. As a prophecy, this was fulfilled in Antioch when Paul and Barnabas addressed both the Jews and the Gentiles there.(Acts 13:40-52)
As a final act of defiance and a proof of true power, Christ denied the Sanhedrin of their wish to be rid of Him. They may have killed Him, but He rose again and impacted the world with a magnitude of which they could have never imagined. The miracle of His resurrection is not only that which has saved all the Christians of the world and paid our sin debts, but the final denial, with God’s power and might, over the leaders of the Jewish church who rejected Him.
This post was originally sent for Mother’s Day but I feel like the same principles apply to Father’s Day. This for ALL parents.
It has been almost 1 year since I lost my mother. This year will be my first Mother’s Day without her. I miss the nearly nightly phone calls and even though she lived over 1000 miles away, we were able to keep our special mother-son bond. The mother-child bond is something very special. It starts with birth and continues on taking years of mothers’ sacrifice, patience, playing, working – just spending time with their children, to develop. Mothers who don’t spend time with their children don’t have the same bond as those who are more nurturing. They may have a mother-child bond but it is not the same as a nurtured bond.
The same can be said of mothers who teach their children from the Word. The first three commandments speak of glory to God. The fourth, says to honor the mother and the father: “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee“. (Exodus 20:12). That’s how important this is – it’s fourth on the list of commandments! This is also the first commandment with a promise. Dictionary.com, in part, defines the noun, honor, as: “high respect, as forworth, merit, or rank:” and the verb honor thusly: “to worship” and/or “to accept as valid and conform to the request or demands of“. Then, to paraphrase, we should obey, respect and love our parents so that we may have longer lives.
Conversely, parents should live their lives as examples to their children, showing them how to live righteous lives in the Light of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4 (notice the footnote there)) If your children are not living godly lives, look first in the mirror. Are you setting a godly example for them? (Prov 30:5-16) (Matt 5-7) How else are they supposed to understand a righteous life if not seeing it in the place they spend most of their time? I’m not saying you can’t make mistakes. When you do, though, act on them in a godly way. Again, I ask you: are you acting out a godly life every day in the presence of your children? If not, it’s never too late.
Jesus said, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” (John 8:1-8) Passing judgment is something most of us do in our everyday lives. We must be careful, though, how we do it, for if we simply judge others with no good cause, we may suffer unexpected consequences. (Matt 7:1-5) We should judge unrighteous deeds instead of unrighteous doers and pray for those who do unholy things.
But we do still need to judge for ourselves what is holy and what is unholy, based on the Word, so that we, ourselves, might be righteous. (Rom 1:8-32)
The Bible has numerous passages cautioning us about judgement. I have listed a few more below, which, I think, are rather self-explanatory, once studied with the Spirit of God at the center of our lives.
1 Peter 4:17
1 Corinthians 2:14-16