Would we have been different?

Matthew Bible Background

02.05.2019 – New Testament: Matt 23.29–32

To read the Bible in a year, read Matthew 23.23–39 on February 5, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

When you read history, either of your nation, or in the Bible, do you see yourself as certain characters, but not as others?

Jesus condemned the scribes and the Pharisees because they believed they would not have persecuted the prophets of ages past, yet, they were doing things that showed they were brothers to the persecutors and not the persecuted:

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’ Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ guilt” (Matthew 23.29–32).

Look at your life, the things you say, the things you do, the way you think, your approach toward people, then read the Scriptures and see who represents you, and if necessary, repent that you may become more like Jesus everyday.

Put yourself in history and see what you discover about yourself.


  • Who are your favorite biblical characters?
  • What people in history do you admire?

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