Words as Levers for the Me Monster

We will be considering the 9th commandment this morning, which forbids bearing false witness against our neighbor. When Jesus comes to Jerusalem the week of His death, He finds slick debaters who are very good with words, determined to use them against Jesus. They are opposed to Him, for He has convicted them of sin, with true words that went home. They are determined to remove this obstacle to keeping their place and nation. They reply with flattery and word traps, to trip Him into some verbal gaffe and lower Him in the polls with the people. This is at the heart of the ninth commandment: don’t use your words to lower others and advance yourself. Don’t violate and oppose the Truth. Jesus is the truth, so pursue it. Instead of saying whatever it takes for Me, Me, Me, deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow the truth.


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