Go For The Throat!

3 Jun

God’s Word: Matthew 21:23-27

God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)

Have you noticed that when people don’t want to believe a person they go for the throat? go for the throat Their goal is to get the person to hang themselves by giving them trick questions. This happens today and it happened when Jesus walked on earth.  It is a political tactic as old as time itself.  You have probably used it yourself a few times.

This is usually how it works.  Someone comes along in direct competition with you and woos your audience over to them.  Your eyes are blinded to this other person’s validity—all you can think of is that they are one-upping you.  What?  My audience is turning away from me!  You can’t have that so you begin looking for chinks in the armor.  The opening to the throat is your goal.  You must stop them!

This was how the high priests and leaders of the Jewish Synagogue felt toward Jesus.  Instead of recognizing Him as having come as My Ambassador—they could only think of losing their place as supreme commanders of the religious people.  It mattered not what Jesus said or did.  All that they could see is they were losing their “following” to Jesus.  They must stop Him.  They went for the throat but Jesus was able to divert their question right back to them and it stopped them.  Remember when others question you about your faith it isn’t that they want a good answer, they simply want to come out as the top dog.  Answer these questions wisely—as Jesus did.

God’s Question: Have you used the “go for the throat” tactic when you feel threatened in your position?

God’s Promise: “Do not worry about how to answer these questioning people—I will give you wise words to say.”

 knee mail

My Prayer to God

I praise You for Your every-abiding presence in my life.

I am sorry I too often ignore Your guidance.

Thank You for drawing me back to You time and again.

Help me be an encourager instead of jealous of others.

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