Attitude

Jesus fashioned a whip of cords and drove the money changers out of the temple because they had made his Father’s house just an ordinary place of business (John 2:16).

Something interesting happened with the Lord’s disciples. These Galileans remembered King David had written, “For zeal for your house has consumed me, and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me” (Psalm 69:9 NASB). The disciples applied this verse King David had written of the Christ directly to Jesus.

This is interesting because the ruling Jews who should have been more familiar with the passage than these uneducated disciples asked the Lord, “What sign do you show us as your authority for doing these things?” (John 2:17 NASB). In other words, the Jews still refused to see who Jesus truly was.

Jesus’ disciples are often criticized for not having the faith they should have. On this occasion, however, they had figured something out. They understood exactly who Jesus was. The Jews, so opposed and jealous of Jesus, did not. The same evidence was available to both the disciples and the Jews who followed Jesus and heard him speak. Why didn’t the rulers believe?

“Attitude is everything,” someone once said. That certainly accounts for a difference here between the learned Jews and the uneducated Galileans. Even today there are those whose attitudes toward the Bible will not permit them to learn the truth that some of the humblest people on earth have come to know.

Jesus once said, “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it” (Matthew 7:13 NASB).

The arrogant will not fit through the narrow gate. For one to be saved it would be better to have the attitude of a child rather than that of a learned sage (Matthew 18:4-5).

Perhaps an attitude check is a good idea so that we may prepare to obey the truth.

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John Henson

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, John Henson has been a husband for 43 years and a preacher for 34 years. He currently serves as the preacher for the Dibrell Church of Christ in McMinnville, Tennessee.

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