Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 18, 2018

“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 13:53-58.

“When Jesus had finished these parables, He departed from there.  He came to His hometown and began teaching them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?  Is not this the carpenter’s son?  Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?  And His sisters, are they not all with us?  Where then did this man get all these things?”  And they took offense at Him.  But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.”  And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.”  Matthew 13:53-58.

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God knows all of our thoughts.

“For behold, He who forms mountains and creates the wind
And declares to man what are His thoughts,
He who makes dawn into darkness
And treads on the high places of the earth,
The LORD God of hosts is His name.” Amos 4:13.

“But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men, and because He did not need anyone to testify concerning man, for He Himself knew what was in man.'”  John 2:24.

Some take delight in the misfortune of others, particularly people close to them, neighbors and even members of their own family.  Some are jealous.  Some feel like they will look better if people surrounding them look worse.  Some want others to fit their desires and expectations of them.  

Thus, it was no surprise to Jesus that people in His own hometown took offense at Him.

“…  Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.”  And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.”  Verses 57-58.

And likewise, we should not be surprised even when people close to us take offense at us when we preach and teach and try to do good.

“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves;  so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.”  Matthew 10:16.


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