Thursday, July 06, 2017

Who gave you the right to do that?

Short Reading – Mark 11:27-33 

Longer Reading – Mark 11:20-33

Key Verse – Mark 11:28

Sometimes when I am trying to tell someone about what I believe they respond like this. Don’t shove religion down my throat! Who gave you the right to tell me that?

The rulers of the nation of Israel were out to get the Lord Jesus. They didn’t like the attention he was being given and as far as they were concerned he was a major threat.

On the day we are considering the Lord Jesus is in Jerusalem and is walking though the Temple Precincts. He is confronted by the chief priests, the scribes and the elders of Israel. To these men the Lord Jesus was nothing and they were as high as you could go in Israel. They were soon to learn that they were facing one greater than they were. We must never forget that the Lord Jesus is the greatest being we will ever consider. He is the ‘everlasting Father, the mighty God’.

Take a moment to think about their questions, v 28. They were basically asking where do you get the power to do what you do and who gave you it. The questions were an admission of their own ignorance. They did not want to accept what Nicodemus said in John chapter 3 ‘no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him’. If Nicodemus could discover the truth, John 7. 50, 19. 39, so could they. They were choosing not to believe the truth.

There are many people in our world who have never heard the truth. It is our responsibility to tell them. Sadly we will often meet people in our society who have chosen not believe the truth. Our job is to live and preach the truth and pray that they will be saved.     

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