March 21, 2011
Morning - Psalm 41, Genesis 27:30-40, 1 Corinthians 6:1-11
Evening - Psalm 51, Jeremiah 5:1-9, John 10:22-38
John 10:22 finds Jesus in
for the Feast of Dedication, known to us as Hanukah. The "Jews" of this passage are the religious leaders who live in Jerusalem Judea and who oppose Jesus because He is a threat to their power and money. Two things stand out in this passage. First, Jesus gives eternal life to His sheep (10:28). Jesus is stating again His reason for coming to this planet. He came to lay down His life for His sheep, so we can have eternal life in Heaven with Him. We see His face set boldly toward the cross, never faltering, never turning aside, always moving toward it with faith and determination. Second, we see a clear statement of His Divinity. He calls The Father "My Father," and says, "I and the Father are one" (10:30). The Jews understood this as what it was, a direct answer to their question, and a claim to be nothing less than God Himself (10:31). Again it is stated that His sheep hear His voice and follow Him, while those who are not His sheep do not hear Him or believe in Him (10:26). Let us hear His voice.
We have not completed our self-examination until we have also given serious attention to our motives for doing what we do, for our motives are at least as important as the things we do. The Pharisees spent hours in prayer and fasting, and gave extravagantly to the
and synagogue, yet Christ had no praise for their actions (Mt. 23:14). Why? Their motives were wrong. They did it to be known for doing it, rather than for God. James tells us one reason God refuses to give what we ask in prayer is that we ask amiss, for the wrong motives, that we may consume it upon our own lust, rather than for the glory of God (Jas.4:1-3). Simon wanted power to bestow the Holy Ghost, but his motives were impure (Acts 8:18-21). It is difficult to honestly examine our motives, yet we cannot really begin to confess and repent until we know what motivates us in our daily activities. Temple