Day 250 – Wise Discernment
On: July 8, 2015   |   By: SWLadmin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

Some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus with a question. “Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died childless. The second and then the third married her, and in the same way the seven died, leaving no children. Finally, the woman died too. Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?” Luke 20:27-33

If I had been in Jesus’ shoes, I think I’d have thrown a wobbly in frustration at yet another crowd from the religious establishment rocking up and trying to show how clever they were. Aargh!

To try and defend their own particular view on resurrection – that it didn’t, couldn’t happen – the Sadducees manufacture an absurd story of a women with seven husbands each of which dies.

We’ll see the content of Jesus’s reply tomorrow. In the meantime, it’s worth noting that Jesus didn’t throw a wobbly! He patiently listened to the hypothetical story, and then considered the underlying issue.

Through the times He spent with His Father in prayer, he had learned discernment and could see through the ruses and smoke screens with which people tried to surround their views and actions.

This gave Jesus considerable power over people. It could have been destructive and led to chaos, if He hadn’t also learned how to use this discernment wisely, so that it corrected and built people up, rather than knocked them down.

Three things for you and I to take on board from this: firstly, seek discernment, that we might see through what lies on the surface to what lies beneath; secondly, exercise wisdom to know how best to handle the knowledge we have then gained; thirdly, practice patience to allow wisdom the space to direct the best use of the discernment that it might be to the benefit of the person in question.

This is love in action.


Oh Master, grant that I may never seek so much to be consoled as to console to be understood, as to understand to be loved as to love with all my soul (Words: Sebastian Temple).

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