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I Would Have Made a Very Good Pharisee
Friday, July 17, 2020 by KATHY AND LARRY MILLER

 

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KATHY COLLARD MILLER

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I once traveled with a Christian speaker. I carefully weighed my luggage to make sure I didn’t exceed the limit to avoid extra charges.

My friend packed more luggage. When I expressed concern, she said, “It’ll work out.” I was shocked she thought she didn’t need to follow the rules. At the check-in counter, she was allowed to “break the rules.” No fair!

I would have made a very good Pharisee.

If I had heard the Pharisees accuse Jesus’s disciples of breaking the law for eating grain in the field on the Sabbath (Matthew 12:1-8), I would have agreed. “Naughty, naughty. Play by the rules.”

Jesus’s interaction with them urged them to see the Old Testament law as pointing to a coming Savior who would mercifully save those who can’t keep the law perfectly.

As a child, I believed God symbolically stood over me with an ax waiting for me to do the wrong thing because he wanted to punish me.

I couldn’t see the good heart of the heavenly Father saying the rules point me to my need for a Savior. When I finally “heard” the wonderful news—the Gospel—I was set free from the bondage of the wrong interpretation of the “Law.” And I could extend grace to others more freely.

I’d like to think if I again travel with my “freeloading” speaker friend, I will be thrilled if she isn’t charged. Just don’t ask me to go so far as to not weigh my luggage.

ABOUT KATHY COLLARD MILLER

Kathy Collard Miller is the author of 58 books and a speaker who has spoken in 9 foreign countries and 35 US States. This excerpt is from her recent book (co-authored with her husband, Larry) God’s Intriguing Questions: 60 New Testament Devotions Revealing Jesus’s Nature. Visit her at www.KathyCollardMiller.com

ABOUT GOD’S INTRIGUING QUESTIONS

Has God ever asked you a question? Have you learned something about who he is and your own motives? Or maybe you’ve wondered why God asks questions at all. Have you noticed the many times God and Jesus ask questions in the Bible? Doesn’t it seem rather unusual? After all, God knows everything. To his glory, God Almighty doesn’t lack information, discernment, or understanding. Therefore, why does he ask questions? Does he need to ask questions? For whose benefit does he ask questions? 

In God’s Intriguing Questions: 40 Old Testament Devotions Revealing God’s Nature, husband and wife team, Larry and Kathy Collard Miller share insights from examining 40 questions God asks in the Old Testament. Their goal is to help you unearth a fascinating spiritual exploration of who God is, in all the amazing aspects of his nature — his love, grace, faithfulness, mercy, kindness, wisdom, and so many other incredible pure qualities. He desires to draw us into a more intimate connection with him by learning the truth about him. Then we will seek him more, trust him more, and obey him more often.

 

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