Today's scripture focus passage: Luke 7:31-35 -
“To what then shall I compare the men of this generation, and what are they like? 32 They are like children who sit in the market place and call to one another, and they say, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not weep.’ 33 For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon!’ 34 The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ 35 Yet wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”
Accompanying sermons: John the Baptizer, Part 2 (Mark Driscoll), The Parable of Brats: Style vs. Substance (John MacArthur), and From Childish to Childlike (Matt Chandler).
That's the kind of attitude Jesus is talking about here, the kind of attitude that refuses to submit and bend to the will of God, refuses to listen to the Gospel message. And then he says it's a perfect picture of how people responded to first John the Baptist and then to Himself. John came playing the funeral game ~ he "fasted," eating only locusts and wild honey, and "mourned," proclaiming judgment to unrepentant sinners. The religious leaders didn't like this style; they hated him and eventually turned most against him, claiming he was demon-possessed.
Then Jesus came playing wedding, feasting and drinking wine with prostitutes and tax collectors, proclaiming the grace and mercy of a reconciling God, telling stories of the glorious Kingdom of God, and the religious leaders hated that style, too. They called Him a gluttonous drunkard and a friend of sinners. They managed to convince the majority Jesus needed to die for that message.
So you see, it didn't matter which game was being played, you just couldn't win. John called for fasting and was rejected. Jesus called for feasting, and He was rejected, too. Because the type of game, the style, was never the issue. The TRUTH was the issue. And when people don't like the truth, they will come up with all kinds of justifications for rejecting it. That's how Jesus describes His generation, and, by extension, any generation that rejects the Truth.
But He concludes with an upswing and acknowledges that not ALL are spiritual brats. Some ~ the "remnant" who heard the message and received it ~ have gained spiritual wisdom, and as a result, their faith will produce positive results. The message will continue on through them, and many more will hear it. Though most will reject it just as the majority did in Jesus' and John the Baptist's day, there will always be some who accept it and continue spreading the Word throughout the generations. Wisdom's children.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year reading: 2 Chronicles 1-2
Monday's scripture focus passage: Luke 7:36-50