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source of truth

By Chris Oliver
May 16, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE ​to read today’s passages.

1 Samuel 18:5-19:24
John 8:31-59
Psalm 112:1-10
Proverbs 15:12-14

“This document will be used as the source of truth,” Jean, my manager reminded me over a work call. With different information, preference and bias floating through various formats on dozens of individual computers owned by my coworkers, I required a standard for my assignment that could not be refuted.

The Jewish people questioning Jesus in our passage are asserting that they hold a similar agreed upon standard. Their whole existence was based upon the foundation that “Abraham is our father”. To the Jewish people, this standard insured their way of life would not be compromised.

I often walk through my world with my own standard, Jean reminded me that this was one of those times. I had ignored the standard my management had set in order to make my job easier. This time, the truth enabled me to correct my vantage and actually aid my team rather than my pride.

Jesus also reminds those gathered around him that they had missed the mark, “If you were Abraham’s children, then you would do what Abraham did.” Apparently, genealogy isn’t so simple, and resting on the laurels of their ancestors was no longer a free pass. While my infraction was insignificant and I was able to refrain from stoning my manager, the Jewish crowd couldn’t hold it together. Their Sin had corrupted their source of truth and enslaved them in the process. Today our sins and temptation to them will change, but His call to discipleship and His promise of freedom will not.

Chris Oliver

To memorize:

They will have no fear of bad news;
their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.

— Psalm 112:7

Prayer to start with: Lord, thank you for your promises. We hold on to your promises and love; and thank you that your word never changes while the world around us does.