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Matthew 11:16-19

The Word of God

Jesus spoke to the crowds, "But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another, 'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.' For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon'; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds." 

Matthew 11:16-19
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    • Matthew once again brings Jesus and John before us. There is a sense of dissatisfaction in the people. They are childish in their response! Neither one meet their demands or their criteria. Both cause the people to feel uncomfortable and disturbed. So they reject them out of hand.
    • Lord, I recognise something of my own response to people here. I am not always open to listening and accepting those who are different. I can so easily judge, dismiss and reject people. I need your help today.
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    • Jesus notices those who sit back and do nothing except judge others. John is too strange, while Jesus is too normal for such people. Am I occasionally cynical and critical? Do I disparage the humble efforts of others when they do their best?
    • Do I bear faithful witness to Jesus by good deeds? Such deeds may be costly, but the ultimate course of events will reveal that they were wise decisions.
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    • Very young children are completely egocentric. They cannot conceive of any other point of view than their own. Do I, like the people Jesus describes here, reduce the immensity of God to my own narrow view and criticise others for their differing perceptions?
    • We can only know God by encountering him. Am I a bystander or a follower? An observer or a seeker?
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    • Both John and Jesus reveal what God is like, but they are misunderstood and cruelly rejected. I thank Jesus that he does not despair of humankind. He knows what we are like, yet he also sees what we can become. May I never despair of myself or others.
    • How much am I willing to put myself out for others, as John and Jesus did? I pray not to be imprisoned in my comfort zones.
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    • The children playing in the marketplace might have seemed a trivial distraction to many but to Jesus they offered an image of life. Perhaps I can take time to notice the small things in my life - the incidental happenings - and listen to what God may be saying to me in them.
    • Jesus knew that he could not please all of the people around him. He remained true to his vision and truth. I pray that I may not be distracted from following Jesus by trying to win the approval of others.