Helpers Of Your Joy

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In Matthew 16:8 Jesus teaches that human reasoning is one of the enemies of believing God’s word.

Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith [believing], why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread?

John 7 is an example of human reasoning blocking believing.

We descend into the conversation where the people are discussing with the religious leaders Jesus status. Some thought he was a prophet, others thought that he was the Christ.

40 Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth, this is the Prophet.

41 Others said This is the Christ. But some said Shall Christ come out of Galilee?

42 Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?

43 So there was a division among the people because of him.

They knew that he was raised in Galilee but were unaware that he was born in Bethlehem, fled for Egypt with his family as a toddler, and returned to settle in Galilee.

44 And some of them would have taken him, but no man laid hands on him.

45 Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him?

46 The officers answered, Never man spake like this man.

The officers were impressed with how Jesus spoke with authority.

47 Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived?

48 Has any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him?

49 But these people who know not the law are cursed.

Now let’s examine the human reasoning of the Pharisees. First, they accused the officers of being hoodwinked by Jesus words. Then, they asked them to consider that none of the rulers or religious leaders believed in him. This is the “majority is right” argument. Finally, they cursed the people for not knowing the law. This is human reasoning times three. They are persuasive, but are they right? The leaders introduced doubt, promoted reasoning, and pronounced fear due to ignorance.

50 Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them,)

51 Does our law judge any man, before it hears him, and knows what he does?

52 They answered and said unto him, Art thou also of Galilee? Search, and look: for out of Galilee ariseth no prophet.

Nicodemus thinks that their statements lack justice. They then attack him, by doubling down on Jesus is not a prophet since he is from Galilee.

53 And every man went unto his own house.

Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.

Every man went home, but Jesus went to the mount of Olives, probably to pray.

And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him, and he sat down and taught them.

The people arrived with humble hearts, ready to receive the words of life. The religious leaders came with prideful hearts, ready to reject Jesus and his words; Ensuring that the people understood why they were right and Jesus was wrong. The word of God is truth. Beware of leaders attacking the Word, presenting a skewed view, or promoting fear.

2 Corinthians 1:24

Not that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.

Leaders are called to be helpers of your joy and not to lord over your believing.

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