Tuesday, July 16
27 They came again to Jerusalem. As he was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came 28 and asked him, “By what authority are you doing these things? Who gave you this authority to do these things? ”29 Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question; then answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. 30 Was John’s baptism from heaven or of human origin? Answer me.” 31 They discussed it among themselves: “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him? ’ 32 But if we say, ‘Of human origin’ ” — they were afraid of the crowd, because everyone thought that John was truly a prophet. 33 So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.”
And Jesus said to them,“Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”
This was a setup by the chief priests in order to catch Jesus offering an unpopular opinion, or even one that could have legal implications for Him. Jesus is too shrewd to fall for it and He turns the question on them. It is unwise to try to trick Jesus! He knows their hearts and their unwillingness to deal honestly with Him so He simply can’t dignify their trick with a response. He only answers when we talk sincerely and openly.
What am I hiding from God and attempting to keep below the surface?
Father, I want to be honest with You. I know I can hide nothing from You and I want to walk in real sincerity and truth..
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.