26 Dec 2018
It’s Not a Pick and Mix
Jewish children would have been brought up knowing the Torah 2,000 years ago, so they would have known the prophecies about the coming Messiah. Yet when He came as the babe in the manger they rejected mocked, derided and cruelly murdered the Son of the Living God. Why? Because He didn’t meet their expectations. He didn’t do what they thought He should. He wasn’t the warrior King their souls desired.
They had read the prophecy in Zechariah 9:9:
“Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious…” But they clung on to this part of the prophecy and completely ignored the rest: “…yet he is humble, riding on a donkey–riding on a donkey’s colt.”
What they wanted was to be freed from the bondage of Rome. They wanted their king to be victorious in what they thought was the best way. They missed the fact that Christ’s victory involved a kingdom that would last forever. It wasn’t about temporal release; it was about being set free for eternity.
This is a lesson we need to learn as we walk the path God has laid before us. It is a path to eternal life, and God determines which way it goes. Our reading from Revelation shows us that this path is often a tough one. We cannot pick and choose which parts of the Word of God to live by according to whether they fit with what we want to hear.
Pause and reflect: “God, Your Word is not a pick and mix where we can leave out the parts we don’t like. In Your Grace, open our hearts to all of Your Word: the not so palatable as well as the seemingly easier to accept. Amen.”