01/16/19 – Matt 11:7-30; Psalm 14:1-7; Proverbs 3:19-20
In Matthew Chapter 11, following His praise for John the Baptist, Jesus states:
16 “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others: 17 “‘We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’
18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.
Have you ever met (or been) a person who just cannot be satisfied? The could unexpectedly inherit (not earn) large sums of money but would then complain about the taxes or shy they were not given more.
I think William Barkley’s captures the essence of what Jesus was teaching:
Jesus was saddened by the sheer perversity of human nature. To him men seemed to be like children playing in the village square. One group said to the other: “Come on and let’s play at weddings,” and the others said, “We don’t feel like being happy today.” Then the first group said, “All right; come on and let’s play at funerals,” and the others said, “We don’t feel like being sad today.”
John came, living in the desert, fasting and despising food, isolated from the society of men; and they said of him, “The man is mad to cut himself off from human society and human pleasures like that.” Jesus came, mixing with all kinds of people, sharing in their sorrows and their joys, companying with them in their times of joy; and they said of him, “He is a socialite; he is a party-goer; he is the friend of outsiders with whom no decent person would have anything to do.” They called John’s asceticism madness; and they called Jesus’ sociability laxness of morals. They could find a ground of criticism either way.
The plain fact is that when people do not want to listen to the truth, they will easily enough find an excuse for not listening to it.
Are we prepared to listen? …