Aren’t you glad that God gave us the ability to disconnect our face from our internal feelings? Seriously, just imagine how different life would be if your face had an automatic and direct, high-speed wireless connection to your emotional core and your rational mind. Our facial expressions would be walking billboards and everyone would know exactly what we are thinking and feeling, instantly. Our very own, personal Times Square!
Now I know that some of you might prefer total and instant transparency, but our Creator, in His infinite wisdom, chose to partially disconnect the wiring for some reason. Or at least you might say that He delayed or muted the impact because few people are totally transparent. So we are left with the need to look closely into others eyes as they speak, and over the years we become adept at reading facial expressions and observing body language as we strive to discern what they are really trying to say and how they really feel.
Perhaps our Father wired us this way to encourage genuine connection. How differently would the world be if we all looked intently into one another’s eyes as they speak, with a genuine desire to understand.
Still, no matter how hard we may try, we will never have the divine ability that Jesus has to look deep inside the person to understand not just their thoughts but also their feelings and their motives. Luke, in his Gospel, recorded numerous occasions wherein Jesus did just that. He knew their thoughts; Luke has often said during out study. And, in our passage this week, Jesus does it again.
Jesus, now is Jerusalem, is teaching in the temple daily. His teaching is captivating to the audience and the crowds continue to grow. The angst and anger of the religious elite continues to swell, and their frustration and exasperation is mounting. They simply must find a way to stop Him. Truly, they want to kill Him, but the crowds are large, and they won’t allow it. So, they must find a way to discredit Him and get the crowds to turn against Him.
As we come to Chapter 20 of Luke’s Gospel, the plot is thickening by the verse. The tension is mounting as we draw ever closer to the climax. The Pharisees are determined to undermine and overthrow Jesus. And they begin openly and directly confronting Him with their best logic and reasoning. Totally confident that they will best Him. But Jesus will not be bested. No matter their traps, He will not be caged in.
Open theological warfare has begun between Jesus and the Pharisees. In Jerusalem, at the Temple, with everyone watching. The first salvo is fired by the Pharisees in Luke 20:1-8, I hope you can join us tomorrow for our study as we watch it unfold.
For those unable to join us in person, please feel free to download the Bible study materials for your personal use by following one of these links: PowerPoint Slides, PDF File. Also, you can download files for previous weekly studies by visiting the following page on my blog: Doubtless Living: The Gospel of Luke.