Finger Pointing

Matthew 12:  At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were hungry, and began to pluck the ears of corn and to eat. But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.

Finger pointing!

We learn it early, and we practice it to mastery.

The Pharisees in Matthew 12 give us a picture of the art of finger pointing.

Jesus and His disciples were walking through a field on the Sabbath day.  They were hungry, and the disciples picked some of the grain to eat.

When the Pharisees saw them – they must have been scoping out the group – they condemned Jesus for allowing His followers to pick food on the Sabbath.

Finger pointing. Condemnation. Judgment.

Notice that they did not offer to feed the hungry men; they just found fault.

The question is, “What do I do when I see someone who violates right or my perception of right”.

Do I offer a hand, or do I offer condemnation?

Do I offer a prayer, or do I gossip?

Do I come along beside the person, or do I cross to the other side of the street?

One thing that I am becoming more and more aware of –

God does not call me to be judge and jury; He calls me to be His hands and feet of love and service.

I Peter 4:Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

 

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