Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 14, 2018

“Yet wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 7:31-35.

“To what then shall I compare the men of this generation, and what are they like?  They are like children who sit in the market place and call to one another, and they say, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;  we sang a dirge, and you did not weep.’  For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon!’  The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’  Yet wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”  Luke 7:31-35.

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John the Baptist was vindicated.  Even though Jesus admitted that John the Baptist was different (see Luke 7:24-25), Jesus highly praised him (“there is no one greater than John” Luke 7:28).

Jesus was vindicated.  Even though Jesus admitted that while disciples of John the Baptist often fasted and offered prayers, His disciples ate and drank, Jesus excused it on the basis that His disciples were celebrating His presence with them.  See Luke 5:33-34.

In superficial appearance and superficial behavior, John the Baptist and Jesus were very different, and people were eager to criticize both persons.  Yet, both John the Baptist and Jesus were vindicated by the good that they produced.

Both John the Baptist and Jesus entrusted themselves to the righteous judgment of God “WHO WILL RENDER TO EACH PERSON ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS:  to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life;  but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation.  There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek, but glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  For there is no partiality with God.”  Romans 2:6-11.


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