Bible In One Year-Day 58 (Thursday, February 27, 2014)
Commentary on Matt22-24. At the wedding, those who eventually attended were those called by grace and not by right standing. However, among those called by grace, there was another selection for proper dressing. In other words, the right dressing for that occasion was absolutely necessary. The dressing was not as you like it, i.e. your own way of dressing or “who cares” type of dressing, but a dressing that shows loyalty and faithfulness. The gentiles are the ones called by grace and only the proper dressing will make one qualify for the great occasion to the glory of Jesus; self justification or self righteousness is a disqualifying factor. There is difference between the garment of salvation and the garment of righteousness. All may have the garment of salvation, but more importantly, the garment of righteousness is needed. ‘I don’t care’ attitude in kingdom work or walk can lead to everlasting destruction. Handling the things of God should be done with absolute reverence and in the fear of God. It is self righteousness and justification that was killing the Pharisees and the Sadducees that made them to agree together to attack Jesus’ ministry frequently. They were so much in contact with Him but never changed because they believed in pleasing the Lord by the principles of the law and therefore, they rejected grace in Jesus. These two sects were never in agreement hitherto, but just to hinder Jesus from disgracing their teachings, they agreed together. And each time they come to confront Jesus with their knowledge, they realized how foolish they were, after Jesus must have answered them. This is in fulfillment of Isaiah44:25/ 1Cor1:20.
Isaiah 44:25 “That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish;”
In Matt22:34,46, we read that Jesus silenced them and from that moment they dare not ask questions from Him anymore. I pray that the mouth and the wisdom Jesus promised in Lk21:14-15 shall be your portion in the name of Jesus. Though Jesus had been taking it easy with them, the story changed in chapter23. He confronted them openly, describing who they were and pronounced their doom. This was because they refused to change. The word of God must come fearlessly and without any favor or prejudice. The rebuke was so great that their next action was to plan His arrest fast. He called them vipers and murderers of the righteous. Their nakedness was exposed without any respect for who they were. Please take time to read Matt22:16. Jesus showed how the word of God should be preached; no sugarcoating or saying it is well when it isn’t (Prov30:5-6). After dealing with the Pharisees, Sadducees and the Scribes, He called His disciples and gave them the end-time message. In His teaching, He warned them of deceptions, told them of endurance, alertness and preparedness. Those things are still valid beloved. Take nothing for granted for anything can happen at any time. Again in the last verse of chapter24, He repeated the same word “There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth”. BE PREPARED!!! Prayer: O Lord, show me my weakness and give me the grace to overcome it, in the name of Jesus. Next mile on the trip Matt25-28. Keep the fire burning and alive.