What Jesus Did! 'Speaking the Truth with Courage' — Matthew 22:15-16

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Then the Pharisees left the place where Jesus was teaching. They made plans to catch Jesus saying something wrong. The Pharisees sent some men to Jesus {to trick him}. They sent some of their own followers and some men from the group called Herodians. These men said, "Teacher, we know that you are an honest man. We know that you teach the truth about God's way. You are not afraid of what other people think about you. All men are the same to you."
— Matthew 22:15-16 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 22:15-16 NLT — "Teacher, we know that you are an honest man. We know that you teach the truth about God's way. You are not afraid of what other people think about you. All men are the same to you."

Key Thought

The Pharisees and Herodians were bitter enemies. Hatred can make for some strange partnerships! But the purpose of this partnership was not truth. They were trying to set a trap for Jesus. The very best minds who knew the ends and outs of argument, and who had power to coerce the Roman rulers, had joined forces to bring down Jesus. But they wanted to do it by embarrassing him in front of the crowds. But guess what? It didn't work. It backfired. Unlike the leaders of the Jewish people, Jesus was not afraid of the crowds or the truth. While their motive is treachery, they speak the truth about Jesus even though it is through the clenched teeth of envy and hatred. They tell Jesus, "You are honest. You teach the truth about God's way. You are not afraid about what other people say about you. You pay no attention to the social rank of a person." Wow! With complements like that from his enemies, what could he expect from his friends and followers! I someday hope that what was said of him could be said of me and my allegiance to him.

Today's Prayer

Holy and true God, the Almighty Rock of Salvation, please give me the courage to speak your truth in every situation. Please help me to be less cognizant of the importance and rank of a person and more concerned with communicating to that person your truth that needs to be proclaimed. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Acts 4:18-20
  • Gal.1:9-10
  • James 2:1-7

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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.

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