Stone Children

by Andrew Forrest

John the Baptist really lets the Jews who have come out to be baptized by him in the River Jordan have it:

John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”

Luke 3:7-9

Apparently, there were Jews who thought that just because they were descended from Abraham (i.e., ethnically Jewish), then they could live however they want: their status as the covenant people wouldn’t be in question.

John’s point is that it’s not enough to self-righteously claim your spiritual status: you have to actually live like it by “producing fruit” that comes from repentance (v.8).

Not that this is a relevant message for us, right?

Today’s Scripture:

Luke 3:1-20

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1 comment

David Price July 17, 2019 - 1:26 pm

It is interesting that the term and word “children” comes to mind. Children if left to their own devices would: stay up way too late, would eat candy more than a healthy meal, and would have no guidance whatsoever. My point is God is the ultimate parent and we as believers must see Him as such. Even if follow Him “kicking and screaming”; in the end our life we will see He wanted what was best for us.


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