I think I shall be quick this morning — I am subject to call to the den at any moment. 🙂
2 and the P’rushim and Torah-teachers kept grumbling. source
And the Pharisees and the Scribes kept grumbling.
But the people kept gathering to YESHUA. Check out verse 1.
But the Pharisees and Scribes – Grumblers.
What a nasty habit!
Grumbling I mean.
It is no profit for anyone. It helps no situation other than helping others see the condition of our hearts.
You see habitual grumblers are not thankful people – not praisers of GOD.
BUT IF we KEEP GATHERING to JESUS we will be Praisers and not Grumblers.
And then there is verse 7.
7 I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who turns to God from his sins than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need to repent. Source
The preaching of repentance (turn or burn) was/is the message of JESUS.
We need NOT forget it or refrain from speaking it — especially as the End is coming closer and closer.
But before I close this morning allow me to chat a little further with you concerning verse 7.
Why did JESUS say what He said there? We know from other passages of Scripture that there is not one of us righteous; that ALL of us must repent to see GOD. (see Romans 3:10-11)
So, what did He mean?
Here’s what I think: The Pharisees and Scribes who heard His parable considered themselves to be righteous; they considered themselves in no need of repentance. How foolish they were! No rejoicing in Heaven over them. So very sad!
It’s Thursday here!