Great post from Thad Noyes…
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous, saying, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’” – Matthew 23:29-30, ESV
Someone once said that history is a cage that allows us to admire the godly men of the past from afar. The Whitfields and Wesleys, the Calvins and Luthers, the Bunyans and Spurgeons – we sing their praises, read their books, we even buy and sell their busts and bobbleheads. As historic figures they are admirable. But if they were let loose on our own age–to chastise our churches and confront our secret sins–what would we think of them then?
The scribes and Pharisees thought they were in line with the prophets of old. They admired them, venerated them, and decorated their tombs. But in their hearts they were one with their fathers who put the prophets to death.
Could this tendency lie within our own hearts? Is it possible that we, too, could be verbally decorating the tombs of the biblical prophets and apostles as we boldly and unabashedly proclaim that “the Bible is the Word of God,” yet in our hearts be resisting the very things Scripture tells us to do in our churches, in our lives, and in reaching this lost and fallen world? Could we be firm believers in the Bible’s inerrancy, and yet fail to live as though it is sufficient to guide our churches and our lives?
Let us seek God’s grace to help us not only declare that the Bible is God’s word, but to also live as though that is true.