Supreme Court – Gnashing of Teeth

Acts 7:54   When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him.

The verse comes from the recording of the first martyr of the church. Steven spoke to the Jews who rejected Jesus, telling them they rejected all the prophets and saints as they were told about the gift of grace through Jesus Christ. The more Stephen spoke, the angrier they became until they were in a rage of hate and violence. The bible calls this state “gnashing of teeth.”

Other translations of Acts 7:54:

 NLT The Jewish leaders were infuriated by Stephen’s accusation, and they shook their fists at him in rage.

NASB Now when they heard this, they were infuriated, and they began gnashing their teeth at him.

NKJV When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth. 

The King’s Wedding Feast

Jesus tells about a King who planned a wedding feast. Those invited had excuses and rejected the invitations. The King told his servants to go to the highway and byways and gather all for the wedding feast. They invited all they could, the good and the bad. All of these people were grateful to be given this opportunity and accepted the wedding robes (God’s righteousness through repentance). 

However, there was this one man.   

Matthew 22:11-13 But when the King came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless. 13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

This man decided he would attend the wedding feast on his own terms. He rejected God’s offer of righteousness to receive a wedding robe. He dressed the way he wanted. This man liked being around Christian people but rejected the requirements of salvation. When the King (God) came, He noticed the man and asked him why he was here without a wedding robe. “The man was speechless.” God cast him out to a place of darkness and gnashing of teeth. A place of rage. I imagine the man yelling, “I demand to be accepted on my own terms. “, “You bunch of hateful Christians. “, and “I am just as good as you.” “I have a right to be here!”

We are a nation of rage, screaming, and violence when we hear something we don’t like. A nation of gnashing of teeth. We need revival in our hearts, homes, and government.

Don’t let your rage determine your eternity!

The Bible describes hell as a place of torment and gnashing of teeth (rage). Matthew 13:41-42.

Are there parts of the Bible that cause you to rage against it? Be careful about your emotions. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

Better to humble yourself before Christ and repent of your anger. Ask Him to forgive you. Accept Jesus as your savior. Tell Him to help you understand and lead you to a good church.  

Proverbs 27:19 As in water face reflects face, So a man’s heart reveals the man.

Let your lightnside burn with the light of Jesus and not rage.

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