Bible Reading Blog — April 28, 2016

28 Apr

TODAY’S READINGS — Esther 1-2 & Luke 6:37-42

Judge not . . . condemn not . . . forgive . . . give. These commands, following the passage we read yesterday about love for enemies and turning the other cheek, turn up the heat on all forms of self-aggrandizement. This passage is nothing less than death to self. But here we have an interesting parable right in the middle of this passage. After all these words about grace Jesus says, “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.”

This little section in the middle of all these words about a life of humility seems to mark a contrast between the “blind guides” (the religious leaders) and Jesus. The bottom line is, if you are being led by people who are full of themselves and not leading in a way that aligns at all with the words of 6:27-42, then you are being misled and you will end up in a pit. Ultimately we are to be led by Jesus and our earthly leaders are to be led by Jesus, so that they are like their Master and we can follow Him as they do.

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