Luke 21:1a-Jesus looked up (NIV).
The grade six boys were up to something-again. Barely concealed giggles and snorts of laughter during the teacher’s geography preamble gave them away. They didn’t care for our strict school mistress and used every opportunity to disrupt the class and cause us all grief. The ringleader whispered his ‘brilliantly’ provoking comment.
“My Grandpa says all this study on weather is a waste of time. He just sticks his hand out the window first thing in the morning and if it gets wet, he gets out his umbrella. If it gets cold, he puts on a coat and if his hand stays warm, he goes to the beach!”
The boys snickered at their friend’s clever remark until they realized the teacher had caught them at their game.
“It’s a pity that your Grandpa never had the opportunity to use a thermometer or a rain gauge. He could have saved his hand for more important things like eating breakfast.”
The boys cowed down and she continued the lesson.
Jesus had his own lesson interrupters. In Luke 20:1 he’s teaching in the temple when the chief priests, scribes and Sadducees start with their version of smart aleck questions. Just like my class mates, they collaborated on a way to interrupt and disrupt and dispute his teaching authority.
Luke 20:2- “Tell us by what authority you are doing these things,” they said. “Who gave you this authority (NIV)?”
Luke 20: 26- They were unable to trap him in what he had said there in public. And astonished by his answer, they became silent (NIV).
Some of us are lesson interrupters. We scoff at our teachers during sermons, songs and prayer. We think our ‘clever’ comments go unnoticed but someone is looking and listening. Our words won’t stay hidden forever. Shame follows exposure.
Hebrews 4:13-Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account (NIV).
Prayer- Lord, help us use our mouths to encourage and edify, not to belittle. Amen
Brenda J Wood