I know that at first glance there doesn’t seem to be much to these 3 verses. They could have been included with the last post or with the next one. But there are 2 very important things in this passage that were drawn out to me as I studied these verses.
First, this is another proof that Jesus is God, for only God knows what is in the heart of man.
Psalm 44: 20-21: 20 If we had forgotten the name of our God or spread out our hands to a foreign god, 21 would not God discover this? For He knows the secrets of the heart.
Only God is omniscient. Not you, not me, not the angels, and not any other created beings. Enough said about that!
It is the second thing that made me take note in these verses. (For those who come out to our Tuesday night Bible Study at church, you will recognize this verse. For those who aren’t coming out, you are missing a great time of teaching and study!)
In Mark chapter 12, the Pharisees and the Herodians come to Jesus to try to trap Him, but before they ask their question, they say 4 things about Him. They are:
- We know that You are true.
- And do not care about anyone’s opinion.
- You are not swayed by appearances.
- You truly teach the way of God.
Whether they believed what they were saying or not (they didn’t!), they gave good understanding to John 2: 23-25. John tells us that Jesus did not entrust himself to these people, the ones who believed in Jesus when they saw the signs that He was doing, “because Jesus knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for He Himself knew what was in man.”
What made me take notice here is the focus and devotion to the will of the Father that Jesus has here. Jesus knew what was in the hearts of the people. He knew that they would one day try to force Him to be their king. Surely, it had to cross Jesus’ mind that there could be another way to accomplish the Father’s purpose without the suffering of the cross, because Jesus was fully human as well as fully God. Perhaps He could take right now, what was promised to Him as His future kingdom on the earth? It would have been on any other man’s mind.
But not on Jesus’ mind.
He knew the truth, because He is truth!
He did not care about other people’s opinions; He focused instead on the will of the Father.
He was not swayed by appearances, because He discerns all truth in the depths of the heart.
He truly taught the way of God, because He knew He was the Way!
We could all take a lesson here. Jesus Himself is showing us the way to live, not just the way to eternal life. We should ask ourselves each of these 4 questions and then reflect on the truth of His Word.
- Why do we search for truth in the world, when the only truth comes from God? He is truth, and He has revealed Himself to us in the Scriptures. (John 14:6)
- Why do we focus on the opinions of men, as if we will stand before men and give account of our lives? Don’t we know that we will all stand before the judgment seat of Christ? (Revelation 20: 11-15)
- Why do we allow ourselves to be swayed by appearances? Don’t we understand that Satan will come to tempt us while he is disguised as something attractive? (2 Corinthians 11: 14) Shouldn’t we rely on the Holy Spirit, who can guide us with wisdom and discernment? (John 16: 13)
- Why do we look for teaching on the Word of God everywhere except in the Bible? Do we think that a man or the world is going to have more to offer than God Himself? Don’t we really believe that the Bible contains the very Words of God? (2 Timothy 3: 16-17)
I encourage you to share your thoughts and opinions here on this blog, or if you feel more comfortable, by e-mail to me. Have a blessed day!