John 5:19-47; 1 Chronicles 20:1-22:1; Zechariah 8
Sherlock Holmes described his crime solving process as removing the impossible. Once he did that, whatever was left, no matter how improbable, must be the solution. One might take that same understanding with Jesus. He chided the Pharisees for their lack of understanding; their refusal to turn to Him: “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.” (John 5:39) The Pharisees sought to do what God wanted. They were zealous in all that they did to be sure that they didn’t sin or transgress God’s commands. They studied the Scriptures diligently. But like men who discard diamonds as pieces of glass while they are digging for gold, the Pharisees missed the point of the Scriptures. All the Scriptures pointed to the coming of the Messiah. Isaiah prophesied the suffering Messiah, as did Psalms; yet the Pharisees missed the truth while trying to find out what to do. God wants a relationship with us based on love; He doesn’t want people walking around on egg shells out of fear that we’ll do something wrong. The Pharisees, in all that was good about their zeal and diligence to follow God, missed this most important point. The people of Jesus’ day saw the Pharisees as great leaders and religious people who became filled with religious pride. We look back with the benefit of hindsight and see the Pharisees for the people who missed the point and became so enamored with the branches on the trees that they missed the forest. They searched the Scripture looking for special meanings in the equivalent of a crossed t or a dotted i and they missed the greater message of God’s great love not only for them, but for all people. As improbable as it was, Jesus was God in the flesh, come down to show all of us how much God loves us. Searching the Scriptures should always lead us to Jesus and a better relationship with God. Never should it lead to pride and hate towards others.
Lord, as I read Your word, show me Your love and grace in each and every page. Show me the love You have for me and for all people. Let me take that knowledge and be an example of Your love and grace to all I see.