October 10, 2018: SOAP #3233: Nehemiah 3-4; Luke 23
Scripture: Luke (NIV) 23:20 Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate appealed to them again. 21 But they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” 22 For the third time he spoke to them: “Why? What crime has this man committed? I have found in him no grounds for the death penalty. Therefore, I will have him punished and then release him.” 23 But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed. 24 So Pilate decided to grant their demand.
Observation: This past Saturday (Luke 19:48) and Sunday (Luke 20:6) the Lord drew my attention to two passages in which the power of the public prevented the religious leaders from arresting Jesus. Yet, in the above passage we see the power of the public causing Pilate to act contrary to his desire to release Jesus. It was easy to be influenced by the crowd.
As we have seen recently in the USA, “the crowd” is unstable and very often illogical. Yet, it is easy to be influenced by the crowd.
Application: There is only one voice that remains constantly in line with truth and with God’s will—the voice of the Holy Spirit. The more I learn to recognize His voice and the closer I walk to following His voice, the more I will fulfill the purpose God has for me.
Prayerfully considering what God speaks through the Bible sharpens my sensitivity to the voice of the Spirit. And stepping out in faith to do what He has told me builds my confidence to obey even more quickly next time. It is the process of maturing from being His child to becoming His son, especially when His voice leads me contrary to the voice of the crowd.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, cause me to hear, understand, and obey what you speak to me. Thank you for developing maturity in my life. May there be no stopping of my growth in knowing and serving you. Make me a profitable servant, I pray. Amen
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