Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading –Friday June 21, 2019

Theme: THE DANGER OF HYPOCRISY

Text: “Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him? The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.” – John 7:45,46.

Comment: On the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles, Christ went up to teach and “Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet.” (John 7:40)  This, no doubt, was a forthright and unambiguous assessment of the Son of God.  Even some of the soldiers who were sent by the hypocritical Pharisees and chief priests to arrest Christ fell were convinced saying to their colleagues “This is the Christ.” Convinced that that he was not a hypocrite, the officers went back to the elders and chief priests who sent them and declared straightforwardly, “Never man spake like this man”. Rather than acknowledge the truth and sincere assessment of the son of God by their emissaries, the Pharisees foolishly asked the officers: “Are ye also deceived?” – John 7:47

However the Bible makes us to understand that “Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue.” (John 12:42)

We should not be influenced by human opinions in judging spiritual matters for God is not the respecter of persons. (Romans 2:11; Galatians 1:10) Scripture says: “The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.” – Proverbs 29:25.

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