023702 Finding God in the mysteries of every day-Free Devotional
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Mark 11: 27 They arrived again in Jerusalem, and while Jesus was walking in the temple courts, the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders came to him. 28 “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you authority to do this?”
29 Jesus replied, “I will ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 30 John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or of human origin? Tell me!”
31 They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 32 But if we say, ‘Of human origin’ …” (They feared the people, for everyone held that John really was a prophet.)
33 So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.”
Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”
If indeed “(2 Timpthy16) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,”, then what are we to learn from this passage. Simply this; that Jesus, and by extension, we ourselves should take to heart the warnings of Jesus, specifically (Matthew 7:6) “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces. While Jesus loved the pharisees and wanted them to be saved He knew that they were not ready or willing to hear the truth. I am sure His great heart was saddened by this confrontation, but I also believe that He was correct in His response even though it only added fuel to the fire that would soon carry Him all the way to His execution.
For you and I, the fact that many people we love are not ready to hear the truth may in all likelihood result in a break in our relationship with that person. But consider, when Jesus prayed in the garden He prayed for those self-declared enemies just as He prayed for you and I.