Here’s my devotional thought from one of the verses I considered, pulled from one of today’s portions of the R. M. M’Cheyne’s “Daily Bread” Bible Reading Schedule.
“Thou makest us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people.” —Psalm 44:14
During His examination, Jesus Christ was a byword, an incompressible conundrum, to Pontius Pilate (Mark 15:5). At His crucifixion, Jesus was a byword, a mysterious parable, to the Roman soldiers (Luke 23:36).
Moreover, Jesus was mocked, shamed, ridiculed and made a laughingstock by the Jews: “And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God” (Luke 23:35).
Jesus Christ is very God and these things happened to Him. Can we be so vain or foolish to think we would escape what He endured? Jesus said, “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you” (John 15:18). Therefore, we shouldn’t be amazed by the ridicule we receive (1 Jn 3:13).
Moreover, if we persevere, by God’s grace, to live devoted to Jesus Christ, doctrinally instructed by God’s Word, and dutifully active in gospel works unto the Father’s glory, we may even experience the shaking of the head among people who profess to be saved.
Understanding this helps us to renew our minds (Rom 12:2; Col 3:10): and with renewed minds, conforming to the reality we have been made new creations in Christ Jesus (2 Cor 5:17), and therefore, our prayers may be shaped with greater alignment to God’s will (1 Cor 4:15; Eph 5:15-17), and our actions may be determined by greater illumination of God’s Word (Jas 1:25).
Jesus was a byword
Among the uninformed;
To those who knew the Word,
They also cast their scorn.
Christ’s disciples should not
Expect nothing less than
Ridicule and mocking
Just like the Son of Man.
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5/1 Reading Portions: Num 8; Psa 44; Song 6; Heb 6
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