Daily Devotional - "Through the Eyes of a Cop"

Is it Obvious Now?

Briefing: Have you ever known someone with great "book smarts" and no common sense? They can be standing in the middle of a rainstorm and give you all the meteorological information about the current weather situation, but they don't have the wisdom to get out of the rain?

Dispatch (Assignment): Read Matthew 22:41-46.

On the Street: This study builds on the last section. The Pharisees ask their questions, now it is Jesus' turn. Okay, experts of the law and scripture, what do you know about the Messiah? Whose son is He?

"The Lord said to my Lord"

"Yehweh said to the Messiah"

"God said to Jesus"

How is it the two blind men knew who Jesus was (Matthew 20:30), saying, "Lord, son of David, have mercy on us" but these experts did not know? Jesus tells them in His follow up question that David was speaking by the Spirit. Jesus stands His ground and takes every question they have the courage to ask. When they are done, He is the last man standing. His wisdom has stumped them all: the Herodians, Sadducees and Pharisees.

Verse 45 says, "No one dared ask Him any more questions". This does not mean they have been convinced that Jesus is the Messiah. Their hearts were hardened to the point where they would never understand. They were tired of trying to match wits with Jesus only to find that His wisdom so far surpassed them that they became humiliated every time they questioned Him. They could quote scripture all day long but they could not tell you what it meant. There was no understanding of wisdom from their knowledge.

Highlights from this Read: In verses 43-44, we see the Trinity. In Psalm 110:1, David writes that the Holy Spirit tells him God was speaking to Jesus.

Investigational Resources: See Mark 12:35-37 and Luke 20:41-44 for other gospel accounts.

Officer Safety Principle: Knowledge of the Word is not enough; we need wisdom and understanding. Read to get the knowledge and pray that God will give you the wisdom.

from The Gospel of Matthew Through the Eyes of a Cop
©2012 by Charles Gilliland. Used by permission.

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