What Jesus Did! 'Blinded to the Truth by Our Practice' — John 7:19-24

Sunday, May 27, 2018

"Moses gave you the law. Right? But none of you obey that law. Why are you trying to kill me?" The people answered, "A demon is making you crazy! We are not trying to kill you." Jesus said to them, "I did one miracle {on a Sabbath day} and you were all surprised. But you obey the law Moses gave you—the law about circumcision—and sometimes you do it on a Sabbath day. (Really, Moses is not the one that gave you circumcision. Circumcision came from our people {that lived before Moses}.) Yes, you often circumcise babies on a Sabbath day. This shows that a person can be circumcised on a Sabbath day to obey the law of Moses. So why are you angry at me for healing a person's whole body on the Sabbath day? Stop judging by the way things look. Be fair and judge by what is really right."
— John 7:19-24 NLT
Illustration of John 7:19-24 NLT — "Moses gave you the law. Right? But none of you obey that law. Why are you trying to kill me?"

Key Thought

Jesus looks through the duplicity of his accusers and sees the bare, naked ugliness of their warped religion. He knew they were after him, not because they supported the truth, but because they twisted the truth to fit their own prejudicial and traditional conclusions. The heart of the Law Moses passed on to them from God was not their plumb line; instead, they made Moses fit their understanding. In the process, the heart of God got lost in all the religious practice. Isn't it interesting that we can so clearly see this problem in them and miss it in ourselves! Isn't it convicting that we can see this happening to other groups or to other people, but miss it when it is happening in our own hearts. Our own traditions, behaviors, and practices can literally blind us to God's truth. So before we get ready to pass judgment on others, let's take a moment, and humbly ask our God for wisdom and clarity as we seek his will.

Today's Prayer

Father, I come to you acknowledging that my insight is shallow and my wisdom is very limited. I do want to stand for your truth. I don't want to see your will watered down by fuzzy, conviction-less discipleship. At the same time, Father, I don't want to find everyone else's faults while justifying my own. Please give me wisdom so that I can live my life for you truthfully with integrity, compassion and honor. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 5:39-40
  • Matthew 7:1-5
  • 1 Samuel 16:1-6


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.