Friday: 3rd August, 2018
Reference text: Matthew 13:54-58
Matthew 13:54 And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?
The approach one takes when there is no genuine desire to know about something but only to discredit it, is to ask questions that appear probing, but are actually dissociated from the real issue of wanting to know. The Folks in Jesus’ hometown offered classical examples which can be paraphrased as: ‘where did this man get all this wisdom? Has his family not being living here with us all this while?
From a distance, these seem like a show of actual curiosity, but scratch the surface and all you see is a bed of nothing but skepticism. These questions were not posed to anyone who had any knowledge about Jesus, other than that which was already known about his family. In other words, there was no real interest in knowing the source of Jesus’ exploits, only that whatever it was; his background was no match for his new found works and speech hence, He would not be accepted.
But then again, we could ask ‘why the lack of acceptance?’ Was it because Jesus’ style was too much of a deviation from theirs? Were they jealous of what He was doing or just biased? Regardless of the reasons for their opposition, they did nothing about the gap which was present in their knowledge: ‘knowing about the Jesus who did not grow up before their eyes’
Knowledge will always remain the key to real change, therefore, our desire to really know should trump our skepticism; and the will to embrace positive change, be stronger than the mediocre ideals we possess. Let us ask questions directed towards a genuine pursuit of knowledge, and not just put on a show.
Remember # desire to know more about Jesus for yourself.