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Luke 20:20-47, Jesus is Questioned

Key Verse

So they watched [Jesus] and sent spies who pretended to be honest, in order to trap him by what he said, so as to hand him over to the jurisdiction and authority of the governor.
— Luke 20:20

RCL Daily Devotion for Wednesday, September 18, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Untangling the Laws

There are a number of commercials on TV these days selling pharmaceutical drugs. What strikes me is how many of those drugs are prescribed to counteract the negative side effects of drugs people are already on. So, instead of getting off the first drug, we just keep adding new drugs to the mix. Where does it end?

The laws passed down by God through Moses seem similar to me. God gave laws to help a newly liberated people learn how to govern themselves. Over the centuries, however, they had to keep adding new laws on top of old laws to clarify the ones that were confusing or obscure. By Jesus' time, the people were so discombobulated by the endless intricacies of the law, it was impossible to sort through it all. They used this knotted twine of laws to entrap Jesus many times.

But Jesus wouldn't play. He consistently boiled it down to the core of the truth. In the matter of taxes, Jesus gave an answer so simple, it hurts in its profoundness. Give to the emperor what is the emperor, and to God what is God's. Brilliant. In the matter of marriage, Jesus explained that the marriage laws were for the living, not for the dead. In the afterlife, there will be no need for marriage laws that protect widows from the negative repercussions of a dead spouse, because there will be no more death. Simple, yet brilliant once again.

More than once, Jesus boiled it down to the core. What is the greatest law of the land? Love God, love others. Why do we make it so difficult? Love God, love others. Unless they're not like us. Unless they're mentally ill or addicted. Unless they're criminals. Unless they don't love us first.

Loving others may not be easy, but it is simple and brilliant. 


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