Matthew 3.9 cont.
9 And you should not presume to say amongst yourselves: “We have Abraham as our Father”; for I tell you that out of these stones God is able to raise up children for Abraham.
When we are young we tend to think that we are immune from many things; death seems very distant; some may even think that they are immortal, and that death will not touch them. A number of years ago there was a song which contained the lyrics: ‘I’m gonna live for ever’.
Perhaps nobody really believed those lyrics, yet it expressed the whole idea of being untouchable.
John could see that the Pharisees and Sadducees had a similar kind of invincibility. As we have seen, they believed that because they were the children of Abraham they were completely assured of entering the Kingdom of God.
However, John tells them that such is the power of God that if He wanted to He could create children for Abraham from the stones that they saw scattered around them.
No doubt John would have pointed to the various sized stones that littered the countryside,
In this John was turning their thoughts back to the creation:
And the LORD God formed a man’s body from the dust of the ground and breathed into it the breath of life. And the man became a living person – Genesis 2.7.
What God had already done in creating the first man He could do again.
He was also saying that Abraham was the seed of Adam, through Noah.
The Pharisees and Sadducees would have been aware of this, and John’s words may have dented their self assuredness.
They may also have realised that God had brought to life the womb of Sarah and seed of Abraham in order for Isaac to be born, from whom they were all descended.
Their birth as the people of God was a miraculous one, and John tells them that God was able to do it all again.
We can learn that we should never take for granted our salvation. We should never trade on the grace that God has bestowed on us through Jesus. Instead we should always look to live a life that produces the fruit of repentance, a life that shows:
“your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father” – Matthew 5.16 (NLT).