The kingdom of heaven has suffered violence

From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John, and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

“But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their playmates, “‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”


The message of repentance that John the Baptist preached was very different to the message taught by the religious leaders of his day. These leaders were intimidated by John and use all manner of fleshly force to keep control of their religious positions. These leaders were spiritual bullies who used their positions to exalt their rules and intimidate the masses. When the masses flocked to baptismal waters these leaders sensed their control slipping and violence grew in their hearts.

As Jesus confronted these religious leaders we saw this violence grow and take root in their hearts. Their obsession for fleshly religious power blinds them to what is really going on. They do not see those in need of forgiveness, healing and deliverance. These power hungry men will stop at nothing to maintain their fleshly power and control. In their quest for power they begin to plot Jesus' death. Looking back we can see that their violent and manipulative deeds were anything but wise.

Lord give me ears to hear and to have wisdom justified by deeds.

3 comments:

  1. When I hear words like these, I pray, "There but for the grace of God goes me, right God?" How I pray for God to give me a heart for Him, and not for salvation alone. If my heart is for salvation alone, I will do anything to protect that salvation, much like the leaders of the time did. But if my heart is for God, then I will seek to worship Him.
    Ironic thing is, if I try to hold on to salvation, I lose it. If I let it go and cling to God, I gain it.

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  2. You know we still have spiritual bullies. Sometimes they are your parishers. Only God's grace can change a bullie into a true believer.

    I too need prayer, lest I fall into that catagory.

    Good word Bob.

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  3. "If my heart is for salvation alone, I will do anything to protect that salvation, much like the leaders of the time did. But if my heart is for God, then I will seek to worship Him."

    Good insight Spherical!

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