Thursday March 14,2019

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Exodus 32:7-14   Psalm 106:19-23   John 5:31-47

31 If I bear witness to myself, my testimony is not true; 32 there is another who bears witness to me, and I know that the testimony which he bears to me is true. 33 You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. 34 Not that the testimony which I receive is from man; but I say this that you may be saved. 35 He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. 36 But the testimony which I have is greater than that of John; for the works which the Father has granted me to accomplish, these very works  which I am doing, bear me witness that the Father has sent me. 37 And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness to me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen; 38 and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe him whom he has sent. 39 You search the scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness to me; 40 yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. 41 I do not receive glory from men. 42 But I know that you have not the love of God within you. 43 I have come in my Father's name, and you do not receive me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. 44 How can you believe, who receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? 45 Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; it is Moses who accuses you, on whom you set your hope. 46 If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote of me. 47 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?"
Meditation: The day’s gospel is the continuation of the previous day. Here Jesus levels counter charges against his opponents: their rejection of him, God’s envoy, shows that they do not know God; they search the scripture for life but will not come to him who alone can give them life. The obstacle to their believing is their self-seeking glory which they exercise in a kind of club; Jesus refuses to join their club. Ultimately Moses, on whom they claim to stand, will testify against them for their unbelief.
    Here is the great and threatening truth. What had been the greatest privilege of the Jews had become their greatest condemnation. No one could condemn a man who had never had a chance. But knowledge had been given to the Jews and the knowledge they failed to use had become their condemnation. Responsibility is always the other side of privilege.
    The passage also gives us another message. We are too apt to explain away Christ’s triumphs and to exercise our on spiritual ineffectiveness by telling that he had unique powers. But Christ walked by faith. He too was utterly dependent upon God and without him he could do nothing. And if we believed, as Christ
believed, what might not God be able to accomplish through us too. 

Bro. Dynish