20th Week After Pentecost – Friday

Today’s readings, followed by a few small pastoral and personal thoughts.

Philippians 3:8-19 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. 12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. 16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. 17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. 18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

 

Luke 7:31-35 And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like? 32 They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept. 33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil. 34 The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners! 35 But wisdom is justified of all her children.

 

 

Luke 7:31-34 And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like? 32 They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept. 33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil. 34 The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!

 

The Lord is using a Jewish game of the time to ridicule the Pharisees. The game was played with two groups of children. One group would mourn and wail and the other would dance and play flutes. Each group would stay separate from the other. This doubtless was imitating the real funerals and celebrations they had seen.

 

The Lord is exposing the Pharisee’s hypocrisy. They would not join with St John the Baptist, nor with Christ. The mourning children represent St John, who lived and austere life. The dancing children represent our Lord, who did not live such an austere life in public, as St John did. The Pharisees held themselves from both, and ridiculed both their teachings and ways of life.

 

Luke 7:35 But wisdom is justified of all her children

 

“Wisdom”, is of course, Jesus Christ, and her children are those that believe in Christ, and follow His teachings. The Book of the Wisdom of Solomon, Proverbs and the Psalms especially contain references to “Wisdom”. In this passage, Jesus appropriates this name for Himself. “Son of Man” is another name He frequently used for himself (and just as “Wisdom”, this name occurs in the OT scriptures)

 

It is good to know the factual content of the scripture, but this is no good to our soul unless we apply it to ourselves. The admonition of the Lord to the Pharisees applies to many in our day. Can we with a straight face call ourselves the children of Wisdom if we do not follow Christ completely? In our politically correct day, many falsehoods are called true and good things labeled as evil. Most people, including those who fancy themselves to be Christian, are heavily influenced by the opinions of the day. These opinions, which are a mixture of good and evil, are held by those who neither mourn, nor dance. We must guard ourselves carefully from such opinions, because as we believe, so we live.

 

Bibliography

The Explanation of the Holy Gospel according to St Luke, by Blessed Theophylact, published by Chrysostom Press – http://www.chrysostompress.org/. ALL FOUR BOOKS ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

 

 

    Priest Seraphim Oct 18/31 2008.                                                  St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, McKinney, Texas

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