Day 27~ John 7-9
Today's reading reminds me that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) and he reminds us of that when he says in 8:58, “..before Abraham was born, I am!”
The verse that stood out to me today was when Jesus was talking to the crowd and said, “Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgement.” (7:24) Do you know that he said basically the same thing nearly 1000 years earlier?
The Lord said to Samuel, “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Sam. 16:7)
Well, how do we make a right judgement?
A simple answer would be, look at the heart of the matter, have a heart like God’s.
The Pharisees were attending to the letter of the Law rather than the spirit of the Law. Jesus repeatedly, in his teachings tries to direct them (us) back to the Spirit of the Law (like we read in Matthew 5-6, John 2:16, 4:24, the list can go on and on…)
How do we look to the Spirit of the Law and have a heart like God’s? Ironically, the answer is also in 1 Samuel, “the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart…”(13:14)
Jesus hasn’t changed! He is still looking at our hearts to see if we are “after his own heart”.
I believe you are after God’s heart since you are reading His word daily and trying to get to know him better. The Holy Spirit will guide you in to understand of what you read and help you see the heart, spirit and intent of God’s word (as we will soon read in John 14:26).
With the Holy Spirit’s guidance, you will be able to “make a right judgement”!