HOST: Ron House
The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him. And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God. “The Law and the Prophets were until John; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and everyone forces his way into it. But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one dot of the Law to become void. “Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery, and he who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery.
The Pharisees, like so many in our world today, had succumbed to the temptation of falling in love with this world’s things. They were enamored with money, notoriety, and honor from men. But Jesus reminds them, and us, “What is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.” All of the worldly things that so many spend so much time and effort pursuing are unpleasing to God, not because they are necessarily evil in and of themselves, but because they threaten to occupy our hearts, minds, and lives and take us away from God. As we strive after riches, success, notoriety, and other worldly achievements, those things have the potential to take the place of God in our lives and effectively become gods to us. For that reason, Jesus often teaches that we must not give ourselves to worldly things but rather devote our hearts and lives to God above all else.
Why is it so important for us to God first in our lives?
Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!