My Daily Journal:
This discussion reminds me so much of my golf game.
The religious leaders were trying to pull Jesus off into the weeds to trip Him up. Everything they asked Him about was on the far fringes of the course of life. That is where they played, going from patch of weeds to patch of weeds.
Jesus wasn’t afraid of the weeds, but His response was always the same. The solution is not to go from weed-patch to weed-patch, but to get the game back on the fairway. Return to the scriptures. Return to the power of God. Return to right thinking and right living.
No where is that more evident than in Matthew 22:42. The leaders are gathered. They had plotted and planned and asked questions, all attempting to get Jesus into their weeds. And now, Jesus asks them a question. But Jesus question isn’t in the weeds. It isn’t on the fringe. It is at the very heart of the green. What do you think about the Messiah?
That is the core question, isn’t it? That is the question all of religion hinges on. We know we need a savior. What do you think about the Messiah? In the game of life, that is the hole-in-one shot, that is where we should play.
What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?
Shows that while He was a descendent of David, he was Lord, the son of the Living God
To address Him as my Lord and Master, not only in word but in action
what the teachers and Pharisees who sit in Moses’ seat say to do
Do not do what they do
done for people to see
To be humble and ensure the honor and glory are God’s alone
To be humble, to not take on titles belonging to God (Rabbi, father, instructor)