The scripture for today, July 26, is John 7:26 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:
“Here he [Jesus] is speaking publicly [in the temple], and they are not saying a word to him. Have the authorities really concluded that he is the Christ? But we know where this man is from; when the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from.”
These people standing around the temple refused to believe in Jesus because they chose to disregard a scripture that all Jews knew about. They said no one would know where the Christ (the Messiah) would come from. But they did know. It was in their own scriptures ~ Micah 5:2
“But you, Bethlehem…out of you will come for me the one who will be ruler over Israel.”
Are you sometimes like all those people standing around in the temple? Do you sometimes make up your mind about something religious; and even if the Bible says something different, you refuse to acknowledge it? Does your ego sometimes get in the way? Or are you afraid of pressure from your friends?
As you read the Word of God, open wide your heart and mind. Indeed, sometimes your friends and your stubborn will get in the way of walking the beautiful path that God has created for you.
DISCUSSION QUESTION: DO YOU KNOW OF A BIBLE VERSE THAT YOUR FRIENDS TELL YOU DOESN’T MEAN WHAT IT SAYS? WHICH ONE?