Saturday after Ash Wednesday

The Pointing of the Finger

The Pharisees questioned Jesus about his choice of friends:

The Pharisees and their scribes were complaining to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”   (Luke 5:30)

Jesus answered that He came to save sinners. Is that our desire as well? That sinners will be saved? It is not the desire of the Devil. He has come to kill, steal, and destroy our lives.

Satan is known as “the accuser of the brethren.” That is his “ministry.” The Pharisees eagerly joined him. We read from Isaiah:

If you remove the yoke from among you,
the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil,

if you offer your food to the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,

then your light shall rise in the darkness
and your gloom be like the noonday.   (Isaiah 58:9–10)

“The pointing of the finger” was a trademark of the Pharisees. Why would we point our fingers at others? Perhaps it is a way to draw attention away from ourselves. We place our guilt and shame on others when the blood of Jesus cleanses  us from all sin.

Lent is a time to remove the yoke that Satan has placed on us and come under the yoke of the Lord Jesus. If we know that have been forgiven then we will not so quickly accuse others. God has chose to forgive us at great cost to himself. Is it to high a cost for us to also choose to forgive others?

Are we ready to become more like him by giving up sinful ourselves? The psalmist wrote:

Teach me your way, O Lord,
and I will walk in your truth; *
knit my heart to you that I may fear your Name.   (Psalm 86:11)

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