• Kim Feld

2021_08_02 Insight Post- Kim Feld

This week's reading- Luke 7-8

Do you believe that God has a purpose for you? If yes, what do you think that purpose is? In reading Luke 7 -8, verses 29-30 in chapter 7, stopped me in my tracks. So, let’s take a look:

29 (All the people, even the tax collectors, when they heard Jesus’ words, acknowledged that God’s way was right, because they had been baptized by John. 30 But the Pharisees and the experts in the law rejected God’s purpose for themselves, because they had not been baptized by John) Luke 7:29 – 30 (NIV).

At this point in the chapter, two of John the Baptist’s followers were sent by John to Jesus to ask Jesus to confirm that He was the Messiah. John was in prison, and it seems perhaps he needed the reassurance that he had followed God’s plan. Jesus gives them information to share with John that would encourage him, and then Jesus goes on to explain to the crowd the role that John played as the forerunner for the Messiah. Luke adds verses 29 – 30 to explain how the people were receiving what Jesus had to say. Because John had prepared the way by helping the people to see their need for repentance, demonstrated by their baptism, they accepted Jesus’ words. But, unfortunately, the Pharisees and experts in the law did not.

God’s purpose for all of us is to see and examine ourselves in light of who He is. This self-examination should open our eyes to the fact that we can’t meet God’s standard of holiness on our own; we need a Savior. God’s ultimate purpose for each of our lives is to be in a relationship with Him. The Pharisees and experts in the law should have been the first to recognize Jesus, but they didn’t. In the New International Version, Luke says they “rejected” God’s purpose for themselves. The Amplified Bible uses the word “annulled.” They didn’t just miss the message; they refused it, seeing it as invalid. That is sobering. Men who had dedicated their lives to the study of God’s Word and upholding His law refused to see God’s Son right before them.

It’s easy to look at the Pharisees and religious leaders of Jesus’ time and just shake our heads, wondering how they could have missed it. But here’s the thing: any of us can become so convinced that we have it right that we miss the truth. Do we allow God’s Word to reach us, convicting us and opening our eyes to areas that we may be falling short of? Do we look at passages and think, “Oh, that was just for those people back then. It doesn’t apply to me now.” It’s possible to have the truth right in front of us but reject it outright because it doesn’t fit with how we think things should be. God help us.

What are you holding onto today that is absolute truth in your life? Does your “truth” line up with God’s truth?

Kim Feld

Executive Director of Education and Outreach