DANCE TO JESUS'S TUNES.
*WISDOM FOR TODAY.*
*DANCE TO JESUS'S TUNES.*
Matthew 11:16-17 ►But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows,
*And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.*
*Insight and Highlight.*
It is not good to be insensitive. Jesus sums up the evil generation He was in.
Loud in complaining, bitter in rejoicing and feel not other people's pain.
Jesus was telling the people about John the Baptist, Matt 11.
He gave breath to John's ministry by relating him to Elijah.
The people failed to understand Jesus's endorsement of John, and they seemed less persuaded.
They were an evil generation, He and John were living.
They neither accepted John the Baptist nor Jesus. They branded John as a "devil" and Jesus as *".....gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners.* Matt 11:18-19.
The stubborn hearts of the people did not come as a surprise to Jesus.
Jesus likened the generation in a parable of *"....children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows,..."*
This parabolic expression by Jesus can be interpreted two ways or one of either.
First, Jesus parabolized the said children complaining to the people that though flutes and musical instruments were played for them, yet the people refused to dance.
So the generation were like the children who complained about the people in spite of everything that had been provided to motivate them.
So, as the children in the parable complained about their fellows not dancing to their beats, so were the hearts of their fellows for not responding to the children's demands.
For why would they not dance to tunes when played or even mourn with each other if not for grudges, complaints, and discontentment between them.
So both the children and their fellows have one reason to complain because they represent the generation of those who never worked together or never agreed to do so.
Second, the parabolic statement of Jesus can be interpreted as children who provide all Kingdom available resources to motivate knowledge, participation, and fellowship, but their fellows are not willing to yield or submit themselves to participating at all.
They just will not want to have anything to do with rejoicing or bearing each other's burden.
They are best explained by the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 3:7 *Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.*
If the first probable explanation is anything to go by, we see that many people complain, if others do not comply with their demands, yet they never comply with what is expected of them.
If the second is anything to go by, we see that it does represent the generation that was truly and fully disobedient to Jesus.
In spite of the tunes played by the Kingdom, none of them could dance when it was time to dance, and none of them could mourn when it was time to mourn.
They totally disregarded that there is time for everything, ref Eccl 3.
Let us belong to the generation who heed when wisdom is crying out in the streets:
Prov 1:20, 23 *Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:*
*Come and listen to my counsel. I’ll share my heart with you and make you wise.*
Let us dance to the tunes of Jesus!
When we dance to the tunes of Jesus, we will do things the way Jesus wants them done.
*Call to Word action.*
Jesus is playing tunes today as always. Are you dancing to them?
*The Christian clarion duty.*
Next time you complain that Jesus is slow to answer you, ask yourself how many times you have refused to dance to the tunes He regularly calls you to dance to!
Lord, help me to dance to Your piped tunes, in Jesus name.
Good morning all and have a blessed day today.
God bless you.