Convicting things ahead. Goodness. I think the key verse of Matthew 12 is the second part of verse 34, “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” Jesus spends this chapter talking to the Pharisees, but my oh my how this applies to us. What we are seeing over and over is the Pharisees inability to see who Jesus was and what his mission was about. They missed the point. Really for a long time. In an effort to help people keep God’s laws, all these extra rules were added over the years. I get the point and appreciate what they were trying to do. The priests just wanted to help the people stay or be holy. It wasn’t these particular Pharisees that had made the list. They were just following protocol. Right?
Maybe that was the entire problem. Maybe that’s why they never could see who Jesus truly was. Maybe that’s why they were not moved by his presence or his power. They were stuck, mired down in the rules. The formality and rigidity of their religion. They couldn’t explain the authority Jesus spoke and acted with. It confused them that anyone sent by God would not follow the rules that had been set. It scared them and made them a little angry. Instead of letting those doubts lead to questions and revelation they let them turn into bitter opinions hidden in their hearts.
Jesus knew their thoughts and their hearts. He knew the malice that was growing there. Out of those feelings they spoke against him. Plotted against him. Crucified him.
Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
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