Lazarus (6) Who Are “They”

A question that comes into my mind quite often in discussions is, “Who are ‘they’?”

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John 11:7-8 – Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again.  His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again? 

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Have you ever wondered who “they” are?  In our Text for Today, while the disciples specified that it was “the Jews” who sought to stone Jesus, they did not designate WHICH Jews.  In essence, the disciples said, “THEY” sought to stone you.”

So often in discussions we hear people say things like, “Well, you know, they say….”  When I hear things like that, I want to ask, and at times have asked, “Who are they?”  I’m not doubting that someone may have said it, but who was that “someone”?  Were they knowledgeable?  Were they authorities on the topic?  What experience is it from which “they” speak?  I find it fascinating, and at times troubling, that people would rest their actions on what “they” said or what “they” did or how “they” did it when they don’t know who “they” are.  How sad that so many dreams, great desires, and dynamic goals have likely been lost or simply tossed away because of what “they” said or did.  I am so thankful Jesus did not live that way.  He was not concerned about what “they” said or did.  Rather, He was only moved by, anchored to, and established upon what Father said.  He lived a life that was totally ruled by what God said.  And since it should be our aim to imitate God, as dear children, we should live, act, and speak in the same manner.

In our 21st century world, we find ourselves submerged in, surrounded by, and often strangled by all the things “they” have supposedly said or done.  With all the various forms of media that surround us, television, radio, print, and the broad spectrum of social media, our lives are inundated by what “they” say, think, and do.  And my friend, if you think everything you see in the media, and especially in social media is true and accurate, you are among the most deceived people who have ever lived.  We live in an era in which anyone with access to any media can basically say whatever they want to say about whomever they want to say it whenever they want to say it for whatever reason they want to say it.  For that reason, we should be the most suspecting people who have ever lived, seeking to determine that which is truth above all else.  And of course, as believers, we should already know what that source is.  It is the Word of God, for God cannot lie.  Hold to God’s Word, my friend, above all else.  “They” are not your source of authority.  Don’t allow “they” to stop you, to dim your dreams, to strangle your faith, to stop your hope, and prevent you fulfilling God’s dream for you because of fear.  Jesus did not, though it was said “they” wanted to kill Him.  Imitate Jesus.  Regardless of what “they” want, pursue the will of Father. 

Manna for Today – John 11:1-46; Romans 3:4 Matthew 12:37; Hebrews 6:18

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