“I do not accept glory from human beings, but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. John 5:41-42
Wow, what an indictment against the Jewish leaders. That just had to sting, saying that they didn’t have the love of God in their hearts. Never mind that it was true, but the man who said he was equal with God was pointing the fingers this time.
How did it happen, though? How did these supposed men of God lose that love? Well, there are perhaps thousands of answers to that question but I’ll give two related answers.
- They were more concerned about keeping the law than they were about people who were under the law.
- They were rigid and unbending when it came to keeping the set of laws that surrounded the Ten Commandments. In short, in order to protect the Ten Commandments, the Israelites made more stringent boundaries so that they wouldn’t come close to breaking the Commandments. For instance, the commandment “you will honor the Sabbath and keep it holy” was further defined about what constituted work. Was walking a mile considered work? Was cooking considered work? In creating these new laws, it inhibited their freedom to worship God because they were caught up wondering if they were breaking one of their own laws.
My point today isn’t to expose the Jewish leadership because Jesus already did. My point is that sometimes we get in the way of loving God. We want to have everything ordered and perfect that we lose sight of God. We let our politics interfere with our relationships and with God. And of course we let worry get in between us and God.