Sanctimonious (Holier-than-Thou) Anger
Primary Text: Luke 6:7-11 February 8 & 9, 2019
1) Self-Centered Anger -
- Jonah 4:9-11: But God said to Jonah, "Do you have a right to be angry about the vine?" "I do," he said. "I am angry enough to die." But the LORD said, "You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?"
- DQ 1) What type of anger did Jonah express to God after the Ninevites repented?
2) Pompous Anger -
- Luke 6:7-11: The Pharisees and the teachers of the law were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal on the Sabbath…. Then Jesus said to them, "I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?" He looked around at them all, and then said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He did so, and his hand was completely restored. But they were furious and began to discuss with one another what they might do to Jesus.
- John 8:58-59: "I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!" At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.
- DQ 2) What was the nature of the anger expressed by the Pharisees toward Jesus?
3) Anger Out of Control -
- John 11:47-53: Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin…. Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, "You know nothing at all! You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish." He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one. So from that day on they plotted to take his life.
- DQ 3) How can anger skew our insights and cause us to make very unwise choices?
4) Severe Punishment -
- Luke 20:45-47: While all the people were listening, Jesus said to his disciples, "Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows' houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. Such men will be punished most severely."
- DQ 4) Do you present false facades trying to get people to believe you are something that you are not?