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Discover the Book - December 21

  • 2012 Dec 21

Priests & Scribes: Exposure to Truth

Today we will see a sobering warning for us from the Priests & Scribes. Turn with me to Matthew 2:4-6 and see with spiritual sight the tragedy of these religious leaders.

Who were these priests and scribes? Most likely the priests were descendants of Aaron and Zadok and the scribes were descendants of Ezra the scribe. Just to see the character of these men look with me at Ezra 7:10…

“For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel.”

But by Christ's time this personal devotion had waned for the most part. And we will find that far worst than the insecure and self-serving Herod are the indifferent and Christ neglecting Religious Leaders.

  • They lived in the presence of God.
  • They saw all day long the symbols and pictures of salvation.
  • They held the Holy revelation of God's Word.
  • They sang each day from the Psalms.
  • They recited, memorized, and discussed the Word of the Lord.
  • They wore the clothing that reminded them in every way of God.
  • They only held God's Word in their hands – not in their hearts.
  • God was only near in their mouths – and not in their hearts.
  • God was only near in their mouths – and not in their hearts.

Yet all that exposure to God ended up only in their head, not in their hearts.They did not choose to let those truths invade and take over their hearts and wills. The spiritual skin of their lives, overexposed to the Light of God’s truth, had developed the deadliest cancer of all – spiritual indifference.

  • They cared not for God.
  • They loved not the Lord.
  • They longed not to know and worship Him.

Matthew 15:8  'These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.”

They pointed others to seek out the Savior but never went to worship themselves.

They knew the prophets, but did not believe prophecy. The immediate reaction of the theologians of Herod's court who knew the Scriptures well—was “in 'Bethlehem”. What is amazing is that as they recited these words they showed the terrible condition that though they knew the Scriptures, they did not believe them! What a sad indictment upon these Bible students that they did not even bother to travel the five or six miles to Bethlehem to see their Messiah. God can only be found when we seek Him!

Deuteronomy 4:29 “But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.” (NIV)

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