The prevalence of Pharisees in Jesus’ life keeps popping out at me for some reason. I think it has to do with one of the classes we had at our Bible school this year that discussed the topic of legalism. My attention keeps getting dragged to these men – rulers, priests, scribes, religious leaders. They never left him alone, did they?

Indeed! Who can stand before human jealousy? It is a passionate and often violent emotion. Our readings in Proverbs 27:4 teaches us today that “wrath is fierce and anger is a flood, but who can stand before jealousy?!” Jealousy is worse than the fierceness of violent anger and the relentless, unexpected force of sweeping floods. Is this true? The wisdom of Proverbs singles it out to tell us so.