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Holy Week - Tuesday
April 7, 2020, 9:00 PM

On the Tuesday of Holy Week, Jesus taught those who would eventually crucify him through parables. Jesus asserted His authority over the temple of God on Monday and proceeded to assert His authority over the truth about God and His Kingdom on Tuesday.  You can read about these teachings in Matthew 21:23-26:5Luke 20:1-22:2, and John 12:37-50.

In this time of teaching, Jesus taught those who were of the religious elite - those who knew the Scriptures (Old Testament) and the Law of Moses (10 Commandments) better than anyone.  Keep in mind that Jesus did not change any teaching from the Old Testament, but rather fulfilled those teachings in Himself. These religious leaders were the moral compasses of their community.  They were the ones who were telling everyone how to live.  The problem was that the love of God was not their motivation. They were consumed by rules by which they could attain favor with God.  Jesus was trying to teach them that loving God was greater than sacrifice and they would never attain a level of righteousness that would merit God's favor. In fact, one of the saddest moments in Scripture occurred on this Tuesday of Holy Week - "Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God." (John 12:42-43)

I pray that I would daily submit my will to God's and that I would never allow my thoughts or ways to take precedent over God.  He is THE authority and it is only by His grace that we have the hope of eternal life. Let us be content with praising God and not seeking the approval of men.