Lowering The High And Mighty

Luke 7:28-35

28 I tell you, among those born of women none is greater than John. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” 29 (When all the people heard this, and the tax collectors too, they declared God just, having been baptized with the baptism of John, 30 but the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected the purpose of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.)

31 “To what then shall I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? 32 They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another,

“‘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, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ 35 Yet wisdom is justified by all her children.”

Just like my last post there isn’t any in depth discussion or insight that I have for these verses.  I just read it and liked it.

First let’s look at verses 28 through 30:

28 I tell you, among those born of women none is greater than John. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” 29 (When all the people heard this, and the tax collectors too, they declared God just, having been baptized with the baptism of John, 30 but the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected the purpose of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.)

In a previous post I cited Luke 3:4-6 in which Christ quotes the prophet Isaiah.  The verses speak to me about God and Christ as the great equalizers.

And here in Luke 7:28-30 Christ is once again talking about God as the great equalizer.

Verses 28 through 30 state how when those who are low are lifted they rejoice and when those who are high are lowered they scoff and complain and reject what they are hearing.

Next verses 31 through 35:

31 “To what then shall I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? 32 They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another,

“‘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, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ 35 Yet wisdom is justified by all her children.”

In these verses Christ admonishes the high and mighty, those in charge, for their selfish pride, their holier than thou attitude.

Christ is saying here I have shown you the light and you care not to see it because it exposes the flaws that can only be seen in the light.  We play something happy and you refuse to be happy, so we play something sad and you refuse to be sad.

It is Christ exposing the hypocrisy of the high and mighty.

John the Baptist was a minimalist and they said he was nuts.  Christ comes embracing all the gifts of God and they said he’s nuts.

Of course the high and mighty considers themselves above all, therefore they consider all to be below them and nuts.  That’s how they stay high and mighty.  Anyone who challenges their authority and high standing has their character assassinated.

But God and Christ equalize all this.

That’s why your government calls for the elimination of religion.

God makes us all the same.

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