Speaking the truth, but only as a manipulative device

Luke Bible Background

04.25.2016 New Testament: Luke 20.21

To read the Bible in a year, read Luke 20.1–26 on April 25, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Jesus revealed the sin of the chief priests and scribes with a parable. Therefore, they wanted to kill Him. They sent spies to Him, pretending righteousness, but before they asked Him a question, they complimented Him,

Then they asked Him, saying, “Teacher, we know that You say and teach rightly, and You do not show personal favoritism, but teach the way of God in truth…” (Luke 20.21).

They spoke the truth that Jesus said and taught rightly, and that He did not show personal favoritism to people, such as excusing the sin of His friends, but condemning the sin of His enemies, and the spies spoke accurately that He taught the way of God in truth. However, they did not believe it themselves, but used those words to manipulate Him, hoping to cause Him to let down His guard, and then they could catch Him saying something wrong.


  • Do you speak what you believe and believe what you speak?
  • Has anyone tried to manipulate you?
  • Have you manipulated others?

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