Matthew 3:9 NASB
Do not suppose that you can say to yourselves,
‘We have Abraham for our father’;
for I say to you that from these stones
God is able to raise up children to Abraham.
Many of the leaders of Israel come to John the Baptist.
They have a certain interest in his preaching, especially at the beginning.
It even says in this passage that they came to his baptism.
But it must have been very disappointing to them, the way John the Baptist speaks to them. He doesn’t caress them. On the contrary, he sharply preaches the Word to them!
He sees in them a lack of the fruits that are worthy of the conversion to God.
The worst is that they think it is all right with them.
After all, they can claim that they have Abraham for a father. They confidently rely on it.
That should not surprise us.
We naturally seek in our forms of religion a ground to stand before God.
But how deeply discovering then sounds the word of John, that God is not bound to the natural descent of Abraham. He can beget children from the stones of the desert.
Thus the Word casts down their, and our self-righteousness.
But happy are those who, by the Spirit of the Lord, now come to know, and learn what lives in their own heart.
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