Parables and pretense

April 20, 2020

Scripture Readings

Emotions are a part of who we are. They express our feelings based on our situation and our yearnings. They can be instinctive or conscious. Emotions identify the depths of our soul.  

God’s deep love for his creation has always driven his desire for intimate communion with us.

That depth of love becomes a study of motive when Jesus encounters the religious elite. When he saw greed in the temple, Jesus’ deep love for his Father and his followers is expressed in holy anger as tables are turned. As the chief priests question his authority, Jesus questions their intent. Through a parable of a vineyard, its owner, and the hired tenants, he exposes the true motives of those who seek his demise.

“The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest him immediately because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people. Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be sincere.” (Luke 20:19-20, NIV)

Why were the religious leaders so desperate to put him away and so paralyzed in doing so? Jesus’ deep love for his followers drew them close and caused them to hang on his every word — priestly pretense defeated.

The world around us is in disarray - health concerns abound, and global markets are in turmoil - we need a Saviour to lean on. 

Spirit of the living God 

Spirit of the living God

We only want to hear your voice

We're hanging on every word 

‘Cause when you speak, when you move 

When you do what only you can do 

It changes us, it changes what we see and what we seek

(by Vertical Worship)

Oh Lord, change us; move us; draw us near.

Gord Miller

Husband, father, grandfather, and seeker of the Father