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He Prophesied

He Prophesied

09 August 2011

Reading: Jeremiah 3-4; John 11

Scripture:

49 Caiaphas, who was high priest at that time, said, “You don’t know what you’re talking about! 50 You don’t realize that it’s better for you that one man should die for the people than for the whole nation to be destroyed.” 51 He did not say this on his own; as high priest at that time he was led to prophesy that Jesus would die for the entire nation. 52 And not only for that nation, but to bring together and unite all the children of God scattered around the world. (John 11:49-52 NLT)

Caiaphas, the high priest, and his father-in-law Annas, the former high priest, were the key conspirators in the illegal plot to have Jesus killed. They were jealous of Jesus’ popularity and fearful that his popularity would upset the delicate political balance with Rome. They feared that Jesus would declare himself the Messiah and that the Romans would then take away by force the freedom they had to practice the Jewish religion and to personally profit from their positions.

In spite of this, Caiaphas spoke a prophecy that perfectly aligned with God’s redemptive plan and aligned with other prophecies given through the centuries about the suffering and death of the Messiah. What’s up with that?

Three things this made me think about as I read this story:
• God honors and works through the principle of established authority.
• God can speak through people I don’t trust or don’t even like!
• God doesn’t need my permission and he doesn’t have to explain everything to me!

James says in James 1:19, Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.

For what it’s worth, God does things in ways we don’t understand and can’t figure out. He sees a much bigger picture and works to a much bigger plan! Trust him!

Prayer:

Father, Please help me to be quick to listen, slow to judge, and patient to trust you. You are God and I am not! You don’t need my permission and you don’t need to explain to me why you put people in positions of authority. I submit to your authority and to the order you have established. May your Kingdom come, your will be done! Amen.

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