The Many Sides of Opinion

“Has not Moses given you the law?  Yet not one of you keeps the law.  Why are you trying to kill me?”

“You are demon-possessed,”  the crowd answered.  “Who is trying to kill you?”

At that point some of the people of Jerusalem began to ask,  “Isn’t this the man they are trying to kill?”  John 7:19, 20, 25.

Keeping the big picture in mind always helps when trying to grasp truth, as in the case above.  First the crowd scoffs at the idea anyone was trying to kill Jesus, then later some begin to discuss it, which reveals they knew about it all along…or at least some of them did.  John is setting up our understanding by showing the inconsistency in the popular crowd’s POV because of its multiple personality disorder.  In Jesus we are to be of one truth, one God and unified in spirit, if not performance.

It’s no wonder Jesus wouldn’t trust Himself to the people for they were fractured, afraid of the Jews and careless about truth.  I’m not saying they didn’t care about truth, but that they didn’t care about it if it was gonna’ cost too much.  O, I’m sure a few had sleepless nights about their own schizoid behavior, but not enough conviction to stand up to the ruling class and be counted for the right.  The Jews were looking for a way to arrest Jesus covertly so the crowd wouldn’t riot, which also means the crowd as a whole didn’t know for sure, if at all, what the leaders planned.  I’m sure the rumors spread, however, and many of them heard it.

I also like the fact Jesus confronts them about their murderous intentions.  He puts Himself at risk by being in the accuser’s seat and refuses to let them off the hook.  I must confess I wouldn’t have this kind of wisdom, timing or restraint to know when to confront the intentions of someone’s heart.  Yet Jesus does.  At the same time, I think He knew the time for dying was coming up and decided to provoke a dialogue as well as peak their resolve.

Yes, I believe Jesus pushed the leaders a little bit to the killing point, although, as we see from history, it didn’t take much.  He knew they were intent on killing Him, though to my mind why they would choose Him out of the dozens of other “messiahs” running around Israel at the time, I can’t fathom.  May be it had something to do with real power from on high.  He demonstrated God’s favor by healing, feeding a huge crowd from nothing and raising people from the dead.  It’s kind of hard to ignore someone who displays that kind of power almost casually, then sets out to correct your misunderstandings and skewed interpretations of God and history.

But I think the lesson to draw from today is that POV of view as it applies to humanity is fluid, inconsistent and untrustworthy.  Lies, deceptive practices and smokescreens demand we become cautious with our hearts and beliefs.  Trusting too much in the opinions of others who don’t conform to the Word of God as we know it will lead us down a path to murdering the Son of God…Rejecting Him as He is puts the nails into His hands and feet as well as the stripes on His back.

Watch your life and doctrine closely.  Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.  1 Timothy 4:16.

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One Response to “The Many Sides of Opinion”

  1. tlc4women Says:

    You also tend to want to kill the messenger. The one who causes you to examine and think about things more closely than you would have ever intended to. They make us extremely uncomfortable.

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