WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23
Scripture: Matthew 23:25-33
In Matthew 23:25,26, Jesus began to lay down the principle of fullness. He said, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” Then in verse 32,33 He said, “Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ guilt. Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?” These Jewish leaders claimed to know God and yet they crucified His Son. Those actions filled the cup of iniquity that brought the most devastating judgment ever to come on mankind on the Jewish people. Josephus documented the Roman invasion of Titus and his legions where parents ate their children trying to survive! That is history. They filled the land with iniquity, paving the way for Rome’s eventual destruction. The Pharisees rejected the Carrier of The New Covenant but the good news is that in the last days the Jewish nation will be grafted in. So ultimately, mercy triumphs over judgment. But the judgment was pretty tough for 2,000+ years. All of history validates the principles of God’s Word. History proves God’s Word. Let’s understand fullness so we can embrace it for God’s purposes. The same fullness that governs iniquity and judgment also governs the harvest on the blessing side. We are promised in Scripture, the fullness of the Gentile harvest and the fullness of the Jewish harvest and mercy will triumph over judgment until we get that fullness of harvest.