Thursday, July 2nd

Mark 11:26-33

The Authority of Jesus Questioned

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.”

Meditation

Did you ever ask a question you regretted that you asked? I know I have. With a question you never know how the question will be interpreted and where the answer will come. The Chiefs priests thought they finally had a question to trap Jesus but Jesus puts the question back to them using John and there is no way to answer the question without putting themselves into a bad place. So they lie and say they don’t know and by that they have given Jesus the right not to answer.

Prayer

Omniscient God, you do not need to ask questions and you already know the answers. We are in awe of all you are. Teach us to trust that you will lead us through valleys and the hills and understand that you knew we were going there before we went. Lead us each day to know that you are all knowing, ever present and all powerful. Amen.

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