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Symptoms of Spiritual Blindness
"The whole city was stirred up, saying, 'Who is this?' And the crowds said, 'This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee."' Matthew 21:10-11
The people thought they knew who Jesus was.
They celebrated as if they did. They put on such a good show that the religious leaders saw their worship and asked Jesus to rebuke the people.
And yet, the people didn't truly know who they were welcoming into Jerusalem. They knew who they wanted Jesus to be. They wanted Him to overthrow Roman rule and save them from their current form of government.
"Say to the daughter of Zion, 'Behold, your King is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.'" Matthew 21:5
How quickly do we do this? Do we focus so much on the to-do list and the negativity around us that we forget our spiritual needs? Even worse, do we look around us and notice everyone else's faults without realizing how many we ourselves have?
This passage reminds me of Peter's dialogue with Jesus just a few chapters before. "'Who do people say that I am?' A prophet, John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah. 'Who do you say that I am?'" Peter replied confidently, "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God." How could he be so sure? Because he knew Him personally.
The people were spiritually blind because the Pharisees had stripped the truth of the Word and implemented religious rules in its stead. Let's not simply go through the motions of religious conduct. Let's not assume that we know Jesus because we prayed a prayer or grew up in church. That's not the same as getting to know Him.
I wonder how often Jesus sees the state of our hearts and weeps over it.
Are we relying on teachers of the Word to tell us who God is? Let's be women who dig in the Scriptures ourselves, and who know who He is--because we've met Him ourselves.
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