"When the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus was there, they came, not only on account of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well."
Don't you know Jesus and Lazarus would draw a large crowd? This event occurred just before the Passover, one of the three feasts which all Jewish men were required to attend, so in all probability, a lot of people were starting to gather in Jerusalem for the festival (John 12:12). Since Bethany was only two miles from Jerusalem, I'm sure word of Jesus' arrival had spread through the city. With Lazarus as an added attraction, the crowd was probably huge.
We know why the chief priests wanted to kill Jesus but why would they add Lazarus to the list? I suspect one of the reasons is that Lazarus would not shut up about who Jesus was and what He had done. Can you imagine the conversation when Lazarus was describing his death and resurrection to people? I'm sure that drew a crowd by itself.
Ephesians 2:1-6 says God did the same thing for me. I was dead because of my sin, but God made me alive and raised me up, not just to abundant life in this world but to live eternally seated in heaven with Him. Has the same thing happened to you?
Is the evidence of life in me as evident as it was in Lazarus? Do you think Lazarus grew tired of telling his story? I am not aware of anyone wishing I would quit talking about my experience, much less thinking of killing me to shut me up. Am I missing something that Lazarus understood?
"But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus." (Ephesians 2:4-6)
Oh, Father, You are so merciful! How could you love me so! Knowing me as You do, how could you love me? May the reality of who I am and where I am in Jesus Christ affect me as it must have Lazarus.
Doesn't the comparison of the woman Wisdom and the woman Folly knock you over? Solomon paints a vivid picture of the resemblance between the call of wisdom and the call of temptation. Both are calling from the highest places in town and saying the same thing (Proverbs 9:3-4, 9:14-16). Both promise a feast, but one leads to life and the other to death.
In between the two different callers, Solomon warns against correcting a scoffer with wisdom because it could lead to injury. Defining a scoffer, Proverbs 21:24 says "'Scoffer' is the name of the arrogant, haughty man who acts with arrogant pride." In Ecclesiastes 3:7, Solomon says there is a time to keep silent and a time to speak. Wisdom would know the appropriate time to speak to the simple, even if he is a scoffer.
Father, we do not want to be those who cast pearls to pigs, but we want to be faithful in proclaiming Your Good News. Please help us be discerning as we share the Truth of Your Son.