Key Verse: Verse 30 - “But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?"
Key Words: Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?
The scribes and the Pharisees were constantly looking for faults in Jesus and certainly they would consider eating and drinking with publicans (tax collectors) as not just a flaw, but as a sin.
They were constantly complaining about Jesus and His actions.
I learned years ago if you don’t want people complaining about you, then do nothing, say nothing and be nothing. Be careful about complaining about others, it can come back to haunt you!
A story is told that out West, a cowboy was driving down a dirt road, his dog riding in back of the pickup truck, his faithful horse in the trailer behind. He failed to negotiate a curve and had a terrible accident.
Sometime later, a highway patrol officer came on the scene. An animal lover, he saw the horse first. Realizing the serious nature of its injuries, he drew his service revolver and put the animal out of his misery. He walked around the accident and found the dog, also hurt critically. He couldn’t bear to hear it whine in pain, so he ended the dog’s suffering as well.
Finally he located the cowboy –who suffered multiple fractures–off in the weeds. “Hey, are you okay?” the cop asked. The cowboy took one look at the smoking revolver in the trooper’s hand and quickly replied, “Never felt better!”
What to do:
✞ Remember, when you reach out to others, someone is going to complain.
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