I recently finished reading having a Mary Heart in a Martha World – Finding Intimacy with God in the Busyness of Life by Joanna Weaver. A book I now highly recommend for all women, young and old to read. For the next 12 weeks, I plan to share my findings as I journey through the accompanying Bible Study Mrs. Weaver placed at the end of the book.
Going Deeper – Day Six
7) Read Matthew 11:28-30. Circle key words and mediate on these verses-really think about Jesus is saying. Then memorize this passage phrase by phrase. Write it on an index card, and refer to it frequently, repeating it until it becomes a part of you.
Mark 11:28-30 (King James Version)
28And say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these things?
29And Jesus answered and said unto them, I will also ask of you one question, and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
30The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me.
Mark 11:28-30 (Amplified Bible)
28And they kept saying to Him, By what [sort of] authority are You doing these things, or who gave You this authority to do them?
29Jesus told them, I will ask you a question. Answer Me, and then I will tell you by what [sort of] authority I do these things.
30Was the baptism of John from heaven or from men? Answer Me
What I received from this passage is this. Before you question someone else’s motives for doing something, evaluate your own. Jesus was baptized in the natural by John the Baptist as it was preordained in the scriptures. However, he was given heavenly authority to do what he did on Earth by God. He was heavenly appointed. The voice of God was heard audibly that day; it was manifested and could not be mistaken. If you read the verses before this passage and after, you will see it was the chief priests and scribes of the temple of Jerusalem that asked him this question. However, because he knew who he was and who had sent he was able to BOLDLY ask the same question they had asked him. Their reply was “We cannot tell.” Why? Could not these men of God answer him confidently? Simply, because they were more concerned on what the people would say or do. Their reverence was misplaced.
To be continued…
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