Acts 21: 28 “They stirred up the whole crowd and seized him, shouting, ‘Fellow Israelites, help us! This is the man who teaches everyone everywhere against our people and our law and this place. And besides, he has brought Greeks into the temple and defiled this holy place.”
The Jews in Jerusalem had previously been fed a lie that Paul was denouncing the law of Moses. In order to appease the situation the Apostle James tells Paul to go into the temple and enter into the purification rites with 4 Jewish leaders and pay for their Nazirite vow. Paul does this. But then Jews from Asia hell-bent on destroying Paul enter into the scene and convince the Jews of Jerusalem to rise up against Paul. It is a scene that is played out even 2,000 years later in many circumstances of life.
Appearing to be true doesn’t mean it is true.
Having the majority all agree doesn’t mean they are right.
Seeing a man captured and held against his will doesn’t mean he has committed a crime.
Having a rumour confirmed by others outside of the situation doesn’t make it true.
And the reverse is true.
Assuming people are who you think they are is no proof they are.
In the opening scene of the Da Vinci Code, Robert Langdon a Professor in symbology shows pictures that are zoomed in so that the audience think they know what it is, but when the picture is zoomed out it reveals how wrong they were. So:
A white hooded robe was not from the Klu Klux Klan but robes worn by Spanish priests.
What appeared to be Michaelangelos’s Madonna and Child is actually the sculpture of the pagan god Oris and his mother Isis.
I like that scene because it reminds me that sometimes zooming out is as important as zooming in. We all know the importance of examining the fine details of things. But sometimes we are too close to the situation to see anything. We value the eyes of those outside of it to give us some new revelation. I have found wisdom is found as we step back and maybe a few steps back. We have to learn to zoom out more. And if we cannot then we need to find trusted people outside of the situation to comment on what we cannot see.