Verses 31-35 “31And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like?
32They 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.
33For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil.
34The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!
35But wisdom is justified of all her children.”
When Jesus uses the word “generation” in this passage, He is referring to the Jewish people.Â But much of what He says about the Jews could also be said about people of all races today.Â He says that they were immature about spiritual things, “like unto children.”Â They were demanding, wanting things their own way.Â They were always dissatisfied, caring not for the ministry of John the Baptist (they didn’t like his food and drink) nor for the ministry of Jesus (though he ate and drank normally).Â John was too reclusive for their taste, and Jesus was too outgoing.Â Human nature has not changed!Â There is a multitude of people who reject God’s salvation and God’s messengers on mere excuses.
And yet, some are wise!Â They may be few, but what they produce proves their wisdom.Â They are serious about heaven, hell, and eternity.Â They are satisfied with Jesus.Â They have not rejected the gospel on mere pretexts.Â “Wisdom is justified of all her children.” May God multiply their number!