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“Exasperated”

You are invited to read the following passage.
John 12:12-19
12 The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 
13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,
“Hosanna!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Blessed is the King of Israel!”

14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it, as it is written,
15 “Do not be afraid, O Daughter of Zion;
see, your king is coming,
seated on a donkey’s colt.”

16 At first, his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that they had done these things to him.
17 Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word.
18 Many people, because they had heard that he had given this miraculous sign, went out to meet him.
19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!”

Exasperated, this was the word that came to mind as I read through this section, the Pharisees were exasperated.

Exasperated-Greatly annoyed; out of patience
And that is what these Pharisees were.

I remember this kid at school, his name was Steve. Something had happened in Steves life to keep him small. So in high school, he looked his age in his face but his body was more the size of a fourth grader.

Steve would curse me which upset me and then dare me to do something about it.
He would challenge me.
Go ahead he would say, just hit me.
Yeah, you are really a tough guy going after a little guy like me.

Steve used his smallness to its full advantage and it exasperated me to no end. I remember grabbing a hold of him and lifting him up.
I felt like throwing him across the room.

And Steve, once again said boy you are really a tough guy, picking on a small guy like me.
I put Steve back on his feet. I was sure glad I had not hurt him, but oh the temptation was there.

The Pharisees would not be able to walk away from Jesus. They were preparing to and would help accomplish His death.

When you feel exasperated, be in prayer and ask the Lord for His help, to get yourself calmed down. Ask the Lord to help you not get to the point of exasperation.
If not, you will quickly discover, not much good comes from being exasperated.

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