Apr 18

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Good morning!
Text:  Matthew 11-13; Psalm 63
Jesus’ teaching often needs some thinking.  In Matthew 11:17-19 he uses a children’s song to make a point.
17 “‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
    we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’
18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”
These two men, John and Jesus, had opposite styles of ministry.  John the Baptist proclaimed the grave consequences of sin and demanded repentance.  Jesus brought the joy and light of the Kingdom as He lived among the people.  John “sang a dirge” and Jesus “played the flute.”  To those in their audience with hard hearts, neither approach brought about their conversion.  The point is well taken.  Crafty and creative approaches to sharing the Gospel are not the answer. We only need proclaim the truth.  Those “who have ears to hear” will hear.  Others will not.  Ours is to pray for the Lord to open their ears and hearts – because only he can do so.
in Him,  Mike