Posted by: forfreedomalone | 18/06/2016

Oops, I had a Pharisee moment!

When a new young Rabbi came to Jerusalem to teach he caused quite a stir.
He had things to say which no one had heard before and light to shine on things they had. Many of the people were interested in what he said and open to learning. Many were only interested in the miracles he performed and his teaching went over their heads.
 
But others were out to kill him.
 
The interesting thing is, the ones who hated him and wanted to silence him; the ones who said “rubbish!” to his every word, who laughed behind his back and said “Fool! What does he know?” were the ones who were teachers or thought they were.
 
These people had no interest in sheperding the people, they were only interested in being the focus of public attention. They were fearful and insecure, they were hard hearted and deaf.
They did not want their beliefs challanged, because they were so sure they were right; but deeply fearly they may be wrong. They didn’t ask sincere questions, nor did they listen with the intent of learning.
They were Pharisees.
 
The very name has gone down in history as a word for someone who is self righteous, or one who has pretensions to superior understanding of all things godly. The Pharisees were identifiable by their plotting, sneering, talking behind his back and put downs.
 
When we are being safe people to be around, we cannot be Pharisees. When we are being Pharisees, we are not safe to be around.
 
We are all guilty at some time or another of being a Pharisee, but we need to check every now and again to see if we are still there.
Do we defend our beliefs, or are we open to listening to new teaching?
Are we depending on our own knowledge, or are we trusting God to protect us?
Do we ask questions to which we sincerely want to hear the answer, or are we looking to trap the other?
Do we speak with respect and honour, or do we talk down to people, belittle and rage?
Are we the model of Christian decorum with the world, but eat our own?
 
The spirit of the Pharisee is alive and well today, but we can overcome by the Spirit of God. His Spirit is humble and gentle, it knows no fear and wants only the best for the other.
If we catch ourselves being Pharisees, we need only repent (change our mind) and return to the Spirit who leads only in the way of love. We will be received with open arms.
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  1. Reblogged this on Tom Zimmer – PhotoBubba and commented:
    This is a pretty good argument that judging other people makes us Pharasees.


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