Monday, May 2, 2011

God is... ?

If you're following along with the Gospel reading, today's section is Matthew 27:1-26.

To be quite honest, I wasn't sure what to think about today's text. Only a small portion of the chapter directly involves Christ; instead, it deals with the events going on around Him. I'm reading through the Gospels with the specific intent to learn more about God's character and I'm not sure what this section is teaching me.

Now Jesus stood before the governor. And the governor asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?”
Jesus said to him, “It is as you say.”
Matthew 27:11

Here, we have Christ telling Pilate nothing. Pilate asks Him a question and Jesus confirms that Pilate already knows the answer.

And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders,
He answered nothing.
Matthew 27:12

Jesus doesn't even respond to the priests and elders.

Then Pilate said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?” But He answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly.
Matthew 27:13-14

Again, Jesus doesn't defend Himself. They were smearing His name. Creating lies about Him. Falsely accusing Him. Misrepresenting God. And Jesus doesn't defend Himself.

I'm not sure what to think about this passage. What is it teaching us about God's character? I'm still thinking about it. Any ideas?


Meredith said...

well... He had already more than told them. He had also proven it with miracles and healings.

i think that He knew that nothing He would say would have made a difference at that point. Their hearts were so hardened, that anything he said in his own defense would be decried as "BLASPHEMY!"

Maybe this is a good example of 'casting your pearls before swine' ?

Katia said...

Jesus could have defended every accusation against Him, and yet knowing of His calling He knew that in order to fulfill it, He had to be silent. Read Isaiah 53, it might shad some light on your thoughts.

Missie said...

This one confuses me too. I guess he didn't believe they deserved a real answer, because even if he told them they wouldn't believe.

Anonymous said...

What a great resource!

Cassandra said...

Meredith, I think you're right. I hadn't though of that text "casting your pearls before swine." Hmm...

Katia, thank you for that direction! I'm still studying. :)

Missie - true! I wish they had believed Him. They missed out on so much!