John, The Love of God
There are many stories in history of those who “blew the whistle” or sounded an alarm to wrong doings and unethical practices in a company or corporation. Whistle blowers are not popular people. Leaders do wrong things for self edification, power, and riches. It might begin small with a few misdeeds gone unnoticed with words, “it was the best means to an end”. Because it goes unnoticed, it soon escalates out of control. Leaders become actors who lie so well even they believe their own lies!
Leaders, lawyers, and company heads involved in ponzi schemes can not hide the truth forever. A Ponzi scheme is a fraudulent investment operation where the operator generates returns for older investors through revenue paid by new investors, rather than from legitimate business activities or profit of financial trading. Eventually they are found out. Investors with names and families lose all they financially have by trusting what was a lie.
The Jewish leadership have been playing games with God for quite a while. The Jewish scholars knew the Law but used it to make man-made addendums to the law to control and oppress the people they placed “under” them instead of helping them know God. The Romans oppressed the Jews so the Jewish leaders, it seemed had a need to oppress their own. Weird, I know. Unethical practices, misguided motivation, loss of integrity, lack of love replaced the full intention of God’s Law. Jesus is sent from heaven to fulfill the Law, explain the intent and practice of the Law and essentially “blow the whistle” on those, preceded by generations before them with Truth. Love God. Love Others like He loves us.
Even His own brothers who lived with Jesus growing up did not believe in him. They pushed Jesus to “perform”, “show them what you can do” and “show your stuff”. Jesus was not a hypocrite like other leaders who “played” a part. Jesus was Truth. He was sent to seek and to save the lost AND at the same time expose Truth about God, salvation, restoration and relationship with God. Sent from God, the Father, He remains in the background until it is God’s time for Him to lay down His life for ALL of us. However, He cannot and does not stop teaching Truth. The crowd was divided. He taught “like no other”. Who do we believe?, is the mantra at this point in Jesus’ life.
John 7, The Message
1-2 Later Jesus was going about his business in Galilee. He didn’t want to travel in Judea because the Jews there were looking for a chance to kill him. It was near the time of Tabernacles, a feast observed annually by the Jews.
3-5 His brothers said, “Why don’t you leave here and go up to the Feast so your disciples can get a good look at the works you do? No one who intends to be publicly known does everything behind the scenes. If you’re serious about what you are doing, come out in the open and show the world.” His brothers were pushing him like this because they didn’t believe in him either.
6-8 Jesus came back at them, “Don’t crowd me. This isn’t my time. It’s your time—it’s always your time; you have nothing to lose. The world has nothing against you, but it’s up in arms against me. It’s against me because I expose the evil behind its pretensions. You go ahead, go up to the Feast. Don’t wait for me. I’m not ready. It’s not the right time for me.”
9-11 He said this and stayed on in Galilee. But later, after his family had gone up to the Feast, he also went. But he kept out of the way, careful not to draw attention to himself. The Jews were already out looking for him, asking around, “Where is that man?”
12-13 There was a lot of contentious talk about him circulating through the crowds. Some were saying, “He’s a good man.” But others said, “Not so. He’s selling snake oil.” This kind of talk went on in guarded whispers because of the intimidating Jewish leaders.
Could It Be the Messiah?
14-15 With the Feast already half over, Jesus showed up in the Temple, teaching. The Jews were impressed, but puzzled: “How does he know so much without being schooled?”
16-19 Jesus said, “I didn’t make this up. What I teach comes from the One who sent me. Anyone who wants to do his will can test this teaching and know whether it’s from God or whether I’m making it up. A person making things up tries to make himself look good. But someone trying to honor the one who sent him sticks to the facts and doesn’t tamper with reality. It was Moses, wasn’t it, who gave you God’s Law? But none of you are living it. So why are you trying to kill me?”
Please read the rest of this chapter for full understanding…
Think about it…
–Do you see why there are so many warnings throughout the Bible, Old and New Testament, to WATCH OUT in this life?
–We must pray for discernment and then courage to flee all that is not of God.
–When in doubt if something is right or wrong, then it probably isn’t right. When in doubt, don’t.
–When something doesn’t match what God’s Word says, then don’t participate.
–When someone says, “keep this under your hat” or “no one needs to know the details”, RUN from involvement.
–When a leader’s motivation begins to turn from helping others to helping themselves, speak up in a Spirit of love.
–When speaking, telling or preaching…Stick to God’s Word. Always.
–Jesus is Truth. Preach Jesus.
Dear Heavenly Father,
You came from heaven to earth to save us, to set us free from evil’s hold on us and to blow the whistle on those playing the game without knowing God. You set things right. Keep us focused and alert. Our enemy is still trying to turn heads, including our own. Give us courage to speak Truth and stand for Your Truth with love in hearts for You and others.
In Jesus Name, Amen