LUKE 7:31-35

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.  But much of what He says about the Jews could also be said about people of all races today.  He says that they were immature about spiritual things, “like unto children.”  They were demanding, wanting things their own way.  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).  John was too reclusive for their taste, and Jesus was too outgoing.  Human nature has not changed!  There is a multitude of people who reject God’s salvation and God’s messengers on mere excuses.

And yet, some are wise!  They may be few, but what they produce proves their wisdom.  They are serious about heaven, hell, and eternity.  They are satisfied with Jesus.  They have not rejected the gospel on mere pretexts.  “Wisdom is justified of all her children.” May God multiply their number!

MATTHEW 16:5-12

Verses 5-12 “5And when his disciples were come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread.
6Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
7And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread.
8Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread?
9Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?
10Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?
11How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?
12Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.”

The disciples were very forgetful of the power and wisdom of God as seen in the feeding of the two multitudes. We too are often forgetful of God’s grace and blessings. Our memories can be refreshed through meditation upon God’s past goodness to us and by reviewing what God says in His Word about what he says and what he does.