In the field of education, it happens with textbooks. With technology, specifications and technical manuals are the culprits. The circumstance even exists within Christian worship where hymnals and other resources serve as guides. Those most learned and talented within their respective fields know the materials at their disposal frontwards and backwards. But sometimes, such experts are blinded by their knowledge and fail to realize the joy of sharing their gift.
The Pharisees were well schooled in the scriptures. Their interpretations were authoritative; no one questioned them. Some Pharisees used their expertise to gain status within the community, leading them to abuse the authority entrusted to them. When Jesus appeared, these experts in the hope of the coming Christ were so absorbed by their knowledge, they did not recognize him as he stood within their midst. Instead, they made charges against him because Jesus did not meet their expectations.
Jesus reminds God’s people of the Father’s love and reveals God’s glory through his miracles and teaching. His is an authority none had experienced before, yet his testimony is true. The Pharisees read the right book, but in the wrong way. Today’s experts must not make the same mistake.
Prayer: Open our minds to your Word, O Lord, and our hearts that we may share your love. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by David Nuottila, Pastor of Union Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.