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An Obvious Rejection!

Feb 22 2011

Matt 2:4 When he (Herod) had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written…

It is so obvious that the religious leaders knew where the Messiah was to be born. They knew about the prophetic writings and even lived in expectation of His arrival. What is crazy is the rejection of the Messiah!

How could this be?

Scripture spoke of His character (a bruised reed He will not break) and of His mission (I am about My Father's business) but not of His style (drove out of the temple those selling merchandise), which may explain their apprehension.

The lesson for us is that style should never blur our perception of truth! There are many different ways to achieve the same result. Our personalities are all so different and cause us to approach things from different perspectives. We see this played out at work, at home, and even in church life!

How easy it is to criticize a boss or work colleague just because their approach is a little unorthodox. Or at home or somebody else's family because of the way they discipline their kids. Even in church life we are just too quick to criticize leadership for different styles.

Let me encourage you to see through a person's style to the reality of what is actually being achieved. As long as there is Christian manner, conduct and character, the outcome is what we should all be focussing on.

Otherwise, we also may be in danger of an obvious rejection!

Joel A’Bell