Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Daily Devo- Luke 20:19-26 "Are You A Spy?'

Luke 20:19-26
19 The scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on him at that very hour, for they perceived that he had told this parable against them, but they feared the people. 20 So they watched him and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, that they might catch him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor. 21 So they asked him, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach rightly, and show no partiality, but truly teach the way of God. 22 Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar, or not?” 23 But he perceived their craftiness, and said to them, 24 “Show me a denarius. Whose likeness and inscription does it have?” They said, “Caesar's.” 25 He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.” 26 And they were not able in the presence of the people to catch him in what he said, but marveling at his answer they became silent. (ESV)

Oh Lord once again there are evil men out to try to get You and trap You in Your words. Why did they not just learn? This time they sent spies, pretending to be sincere. I can see these men as they sit there. Looking as if they are hanging on every word the Savior is speaking, wanting to know the way to life. When on the inside, they are picking apart each word Jesus is speaking. Waiting for the one slip up so they can show in front of witnesses that Jesus needs to be arrested.

Jesus, thank you for being who You are. You knew their hearts and their motive. Your answer to their question about Caesar shut them up. They marveled at Your answer.
As I read this, I was brought into today's realm. What those men did then, I see done in a different way today.
When someone looks for a contradiction in God's Word, they are looking for a slip up by God. A reason to not have to believe what He has to say. To take away His authority.
Jesus is Savor of the World. No spy can take that away. No government leader can arrest it away. No one by defining truth by their own standards can take that away.

Lord I know there are still "spies" out there today. This time they are attacking Your Word and Your people. Thank You for being in control. Please help me to never be found to be in camp with those that are looking to malign Your Word and Your Church. The line can be crossed so easily, because our enemy is so sneaky.  

I want to be follower and servant of Jesus not a spy trying to destroy those around me.

I will remember God's Word has all authority and power.
I will not look to trip up the Word of God or His people, to do so can only come from selfish motives.
I will rejoice in the fact that the Jesus I read about in the Bible is the same One who is working in my life today!

Chasing After Their Hearts,
Glenda Johnson

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