Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 3, 2018

“I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

Today’s devotion comes from Matthew 23:16-22.

Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, that is nothing;  but whoever swears by the gold of the temple is obligated.’  You fools and blind men!  Which is more important, the gold or the temple that sanctified the gold?  And, ‘Whoever swears by the altar, that is nothing, but whoever swears by the offering on it, he is obligated.’  You blind men, which is more important, the offering, or the altar that sanctifies the offering?  Therefore, whoever swears by the altar, swears both by the altar and by everything on it.  And whoever swears by the temple, swears both by the temple and by Him who dwells within it.  And whoever swears by heaven, swears both by the throne of God and by Him who sits upon it.”  Matthew 23:16-22.

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We meditate on the blindness of the men.  First, we see blindness of the men emphasized by Jesus who describes them as blind three times.  Second, we see woe pronounced on them, and we want to avoid such woe.  Third, we are not as much specifically concerned about how to swear as we are concerned about the general condition of blindness and how such blindness can lead to such woe.

Man may feel wise, righteous, and proud, but if God does not give him light and understanding, then he is like these blind guides.

“But He answered and said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant shall be uprooted.  Let them alone;  they are blind guides of the blind.  And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”  Matthew 15:13-14.

“And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”  2 Corinthians 4:3-4.

Our only hope is Jesus.  “Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world;  he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”  John 8:12.

In sharp contrast to the blind guides, the elect receive such light and understanding, and they not only “will not walk in the darkness”, but they will also “have the Light of life” such that they in turn become the light of the world.  Awesome!  Praise God!!

“Arise, shine;  for your light has come,
And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
2 “For behold, darkness will cover the earth
And deep darkness the peoples;
But the Lord will rise upon you
And His glory will appear upon you.
3 “Nations will come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.”  Isaiah 60:1-3.

“You are the light of the world.  A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;  nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”  Matthew 5:14-16.


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