After two days it was the Passover and the Feastof Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take Him by trickery and put Him to death. But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar of the people.”
– Mark 14:1-2
Though I’ve read these words dozens of times, I’m always struck by the absurdity of them. The chief priests and the scribes. The most religious of all Israel. The leaders of the Jewish religion. As one of the holiest days of the year approached, they weren’t preparing for the passover. They were plotting how they might catch Jesus by tricky and put him to death. And the thing that caused them pause was not the unrighteousness and wickedness of their deceitful plotting, but the fact that they’d have to be careful so as to not cause an uproar with the people.
We need to be very careful that our religion not blind us to the unrighteous plotting of our fallen and deceitful hearts.
Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik
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