Red Letter Day 12: Wolves in Sheep's Clothing
2015 Lent Blog
Sunday March 1
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.” (Matthew 7:15-20)
Everything is not always as it first appears. It is that way with products, people, and here Jesus warns it can be that way with religious leaders. Jesus uses the wolf in sheep’s clothing as a way of making us analyze our first impression. I have read much of how first impressions can make someone fall in love, or to like something, and be loyal to someone. Jesus warns here that appearances are deceiving. He asks us to look at results, to look at the fruit, the results of leader’s actions and their message. Here is a apart of why Jesus faced so much resistance from the religious leaders of the day he asked everyone to examine them and not to trust them blindly.
The Christian faith is meant to be a very rational thoughtful faith. I think even more today we have false prophets in the world who claim to be speaking for God. Jesus calls us to examine, pray, and ponder every message we hear to make sure it is ultimately Jesus we are listening to, and not a wolf in sheep clothing. Ultimately listen to the shepherd, Jesus the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for us all.
In Christ’s Service,