Early in the morning all the chief priests and the elders of the people reached the decision to have Jesus put to death. 2 They bound him, led him away, and turned him over to Pilate the governor (Matthew 27:1-2, Common English Bible).
As a kid, I remember thinking it would be fun to be a garbage man. I know I wouldn’t have liked the smell. When I did smell it, I didn’t like it even then. I know why I thought it would be fun in my young very naive mindset. I thought it would be fun because you got to stand up on the back end of the garbage truck. I am not sure that is supposed to happen these days but I do know I see one standing on the back of the truck while the truck is moving.
As I think about it today, I have absolutely no desire to pick up garbage today. It smells, it’s hot, people give you no respect, oh, and did I mention that it is a smelly hot (not to mention cold in the winter, rain and, while not so often in Texas where I live, snow presents these hard workers with yet another obstacle) job where you get no respect? It truly is a dirty job but someone has to do it. As a society, we need these folks to do our dirty work.
While I wanted to ride the garbage truck, even back in those days I would rather have been a firefighter. You got to go to the fires and put them out. You got to hang out at the fire station (or so I thought), but best of all, you got to ride on the back of the fire truck.
The list of dirty jobs could be endless. Mike Rowe made an entire television series based on the idea of people doing these dirty jobs. I loved watching that show though I know I would have little if any interest in doing those kinds of work or even to do Mike Rowe’s job and highlight the work some folks to for us.
The phrase, “Someone to do the dirty work” takes on a different meaning when used in some contests, like today’s lesson. The posts from the past several days have talked about Jesus’ arrest, his facing the high council, and them finding him guilty. Now they wanted someone to “do the deed” when they were unable to do it themselves.
The Pharisees wanted Jesus out of the way but they didn’t want to do the dirty work themselves. At this point, they still aren’t fully sure where the crowd’s support would be. What if they killed Jesus themselves and the crowds took notice and turned out the council members. It is not beyond the realm of possibility. If Jesus was executed and the crowds revolted. There were not that many at any point in the day.
The high council wanted Pilate to look good. So, they gave him Jesus but at the same time, they rid themselves of finding the man guilty. If the people get angry they can point at, and blame the high council. What they needed was someone to do the dirty work. They needed someone they could to whom they could point and assign blame.
We do some of the same. How many dirty jobs do we have where we would like someone to sleep tonight. Why does it say that? I am sure it has a pot-luck purpose. Paul, Margie, and Ryan
Those dirty jobs may not be too appealing, hat’s OK. We also need help to make changes. If we are faithful in these things, just remember, God has a plan and part of that plan is you.
Have a blessed day in the Lord,
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