Luke 16:14-15 NIV 2011
The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is destestable in God’s sight.”
The Pharisees and experts in the law continued to gather information to use when they were ready to be done with Jesus. Luke 10:29, “But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?’” They continued to mock Him even when He was hanging on the cross. Luke 23:35, “The people stood watching, and rulers even sneered at him. They said, ‘He saved otheres; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.’” Their only desire was to make themselves look good no matter what. The Lord knows the hearts of His people.
As a young person I had a hard time understanding why the Pharisees were so mean to Jesus. Now I understand not everyone has the ability to see things the way we do as followers of Jesus Christ. They were in it for the power the position held. Nothing has changed today. Many people like to have power over others. Jesus had the power but He chose not to use it. He knew His position. We’ll pray for our nation and others tonight knowing the Lord knows our heart.
How will we pray for the “Pharisees” in our life?
Hearts for God,