Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why have you not brought Him?” The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this Man!” 47 Then the Pharisees answered them, “Are you also deceived? Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Him? 49 But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed.” John 7:45-52 New King James Version
When the guards reported to the Pharisee’s that no one had ever spoken like Jesus they became enraged and elitist. They said there was a curse on the people for not obeying their interpitation of the law.
How many churches are like that today? You will strictly obey our laws and customs. If you disobey you will be disfellowshipped and ostracized by everybody in our cult (religious organization). Has anybody ever heard of the Jehovah Witnesses?
When the Pharisee’s confronted Nicholdemus they accused him of being from Galilee too it was accusing him of being a hick as Galilee was a hick place then. How many times do people in churches look down their noses at others because they come from the country while they live in the city so they are so much smarter, they went to seminary school and you did not, they are rich and you are poor, you come from a poor country or are a different race or colour.
I experienced a lot of that in tree planting camps where the educated idiots who were attending university thought they were so much smarter than us hicks when in actuality they were stupider.
It all boils down to how others want to control others and that is not Christ like. Have you ever been on the receiving or giving end of such disgusting treatment?
Prayer: Please Jehovah Chanan (God of grace) please bless me to be graceful with everyone, those in Your holy family and those whose hearts have a yearning to join Your family. I humbly request this in the name of He who was graceful to everyone Jesus Christ. Amen.
May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.