But they were filled with rage, and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.
Have you ever wondered how it was possible that God, whom the Pharisees claimed to serve, went unrecognized and hated by them? The Scripture says that they “watched Him closely, whether He would heal on the Sabbath, that they might find an accusation against Him” (Luke 6:7). They actively sought to discredit Jesus and rid themselves of Him!
Rather than rejoicing that a man was healed of his infirmity, they were filled with rage because Jesus had exposed their false beliefs about the Sabbath and rejected their view of it. Why were they unable to see? These men claimed to serve God, but they were truly serving themselves. They sought their own gain, their own reputation, and as soon as the Messiah came along and threatened all they had worked towards, they sought to rid themselves of Him. Rather than allowing nothing to stand between themselves and God, they allowed nothing to stand between themselves and their ambitions. They didn’t recognize Him because they didn’t serve God, they served self.
The times are no different, the same attitude is prevailing in the church, men and women who claim to serve God but truly serve their own interests. They are self-seeking, using the appearance of servants of God to further their own agenda. When confronted with the truth, they seek to get rid of those who speak it. They read and study the word to justify what they already believe, twisting Scripture to fit their own narrative and rejecting anything that sits contrary. They are blinded by pride and allow nothing to stand between themselves and their ambitions, cutting off every church and relationship that stands in the way. Be cautious and watchful, lest you be deceived also.
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.