Monday, August 19, 2013

Gospel gems – Jealousy breeds hatred

And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased, Matthew 21:15

Jesus was doing what His Father had sent Him to do, the children saw it and some adults saw it too. As a matter of fact, everyone who was in the area saw the wonderful works of Jesus.

The only ones who were upset and displeased were the chief priests and scribes, the religious leaders. Displeased in this verse means “to be greatly afflicted – indignant.”

Can you imagine being so angry that it greatly affected you? They were angry because the children were praising Jesus. The second reason they were angry was because of the “wonderful things” that Jesus did.

Their jealousy had turned to bitter hatred. They hated that Someone was doing more than them and getting and receiving praise. Remember these were the same ones who “loved to be seen of men”. (Matthew 23:5)

When a problem of jealousy, hatred or bitterness starts to well up, confess it and turn from it now before it controls your life. 

Have a blessed day,

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