Wednesday, January 5, 2022
15 “Are you listening to me? Really listening?
16-19 “How can I account for this generation? The people have been like spoiled children whining to their parents, ‘We wanted to skip rope, and you were always too tired; we wanted to talk, but you were always too busy.’ John came fasting and they called him crazy. I came feasting and they called me a boozer, a friend of the misfits. Opinion polls don’t count for much, do they? The proof of the pudding is in the eating.”
-Matthew 11:15-19 The Message
Verse 15: The one who has ears to hear, let him hear.
Verse 16: “But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces, who call out to the other children,
Verse 17: and say, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a song of mourning, and you did not mourn.’
Verse 18: For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’
Verse 19: The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a heavy drinker, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ And yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”
Verses 16-19 studies: Jesus condemned the attitude of his generation, and it didn’t matter what he said or did; they took the opposite view. They were cynical and skeptical because he challenged them based on their comfortable, secure, and self-centered lives. So often, we will change or make minor adjustments to justify our inconsistencies because it requires us to change the way we live.
Matthew 3:4; Luke 1:15; Matthew 9:34; John 7:20; 8:48, 52
Matthew 9:11; Luke 5:29-32; 15:2
Father, let us pay attention! Sometimes, there are answers that we don’t see. It’s not because we aren’t looking; we are not paying attention to other sources, like hearing and digging a little deeper. So let us focus on paying attention to things we usually don’t pay attention to. A lot of us may have answers when that happens. In Jesus’ name. Amen.