Tuesday: 5th June, 2018
Reference text: Mark: 12:13-17
Mark 12:14 They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?
The Pharisees may have been sent to Jesus with the aim of trapping him, but whether their words were true flattery or meant to butter Jesus up into committing himself, they had inadvertently realised a truth about the man Jesus. They recognised him in three ways as:
1. A man of integrity
2. Not swayed by others and
3. teaching God’s way in accordance with the truth.
This three-fold description gives us a slight idea of where we also ought to be as believers when it comes to our standing in the sight of others. Regardless of the setting within which our names come up, our integrity should be upheld and all present come to an agreement on it. This is important because it affects how what we say is received.
In addition, we should not be easily swayed like a blade of grass in the field: tossed about to and fro by every hint of a breeze. We ought not to let our faith be shaken by every bit of information, but rather have a firm resolve and increase in our knowledge of the God in whom we believe as that is the surest way to remain rooted in him.
The final trait that highlighted was Jesus ability to present the Word of God in its ‘PURE, UNADULTERATED form’ to others. Even though He adapted the message to his audience, it’s content remained pure: as it WAS meant to be. That is one problem in the body of Christ – subjectivity. However, this description of Jesus should remind us of the fact that the Word of God is objective and needs to be treated as such.
Remember # don’t ‘ALTER’ the word to fit your audience. Instead, let your audience change according to the word.