Hangers-On

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

“And could not find what they might do: for all the people were very attentive to hear him” (Luke 19:48 KJV).

The Lord Jesus has less than one week to live. He is in the Jerusalem Temple, ministering to the Jewish crowds who have come for Passover. These multitudes have travelled from every nation under heaven to assemble in the city of the great King. Behold, the hangers-on!

We read today’s Scripture in context: “[45] And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought; [46] Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves. [47] And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy him, [48] And could not find what they might do: for all the people were very attentive to hear him.” Jesus is a threat to organized religion—and Israel’s apostate spiritual leaders are desperate to eliminate Him from the picture through whatever means necessary.

They just cannot seem to overcome one problem. While the Lord’s disparagers would like to forever rid themselves of Him, the multitudes are paying attention to Him as He teaches His Father’s words. “And the common people heard him gladly” (Mark 12:37b). As long as the people listen to Him, any arrest will be noticed and cause a riot—and they cannot afford to look evil in front of the people they have hithertofore fooled with their pretend religiosity. We want to concentrate on the Greek word rendered “very attentive” in today’s Scripture: “And could not find what they might do: for all the people were very attentive to hear him.” This is “ekkremamai,” literally meaning, “hanging from” (as in, suspended from the speaker’s lips): the people are hangers-on, followers, of the Lord!

Dear friends, we can learn a simple lesson from this one verse. As long as we “hang on” to the Lord’s lips—those which speak His words rightly divided—absolutely no amount of false teaching and no measure of surreptitiousness can take Him away from us. Let us be “very attentive” to hear Him!