Luke 14:1 “IT OCCURRED one Sabbath, when [Jesus] went for a meal at the house of one of the ruling Pharisees, that they were [engaged in] watching Him [closely].” (AMP)
Luke 14:1 “One time when Jesus went for a Sabbath meal with one of the top leaders of the Pharisees, all the guests had their eyes on him, watching his every move.” (MSG)
Our focal scripture introduces an occasion when Jesus went to dine with a top Pharisee on a Sabbath day. While there, something strange happened.
The Bible recalls that some people were watching him closely. These were not just ordinary people, they were “engaged” or “employed” to do it. These folks were watching his every move so that they can fault it. They were employed to look for errors or loopholes to exploit in order to accuse him.
The Bible referred to them as watchers. These are folks who are operating by familiar spirits. They monitor the journey of a man in order to stop him.
Everywhere Jesus went these people go too. They were closely monitoring him in order to find occasion to bring him down. They follow him and send reports back to the people that sent or engaged them.
The Greek word for watchers as used here is translated to mean amongst many others: to look closely at, against and contrary to. In order words, these folks were engaged to look closely at Jesus but they are against him and are working contrary to him!
Another name for watcher is spy. The main reason why spies are sent out is to do a reconnaissance so that when the enemy attacks, they’ll do so with precision. A reconnaissance is a military strategy aimed at gathering intelligence before they attack an enemy and vice vasa.
A typical case was what the children of Israel did when they wanted to attack Jericho:
Joshua 2:1 “And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went and came into an harlot’s house, named Rahab, and lodged there.”
To be continued…
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