Good morning brothers and sisters. I am learning that I do not always have to have the answer. I don't always have to respond. I don't. I have learned that Jesus didn't always give the answer. When He was questioned on His authority to teach God's word, He didn't always tell them. Let me show you what I am talking about. Luke 20:1-8. And let me also take this time to explain why I give such long explanations. It is not that I am trying to prove myself or even prove Jesus. It is so that I don't take anything out of context or use just one scripture to make it mean what I think it means. I use long scripture to let the words of God explain the words of God. I don't want me in it. So let's take a look. 1- Now it happened on one of those days, as He taught the people in the temple and preached the gospel, that the chief priests and scribes together with the elders confronted Him 2- and spoke to Him, saying, "Tell us, by what authority are You doing those things? Or who is he who gave you this authority?" Now before I go on to Jesus' response, lets look at just these two. Jesus was teaching the people. They wanted to know who gave Him the authority to teach people. Jesus didn't go to their fancy schools to learn the word of God. But they also knew that Jesus knew what He was talking about. They were not questioning His teaching but who allowed Him to teach. See the leaders were scared of the people knowing the truth. The leaders were scared of not being in charge. They truly did not want the people to know the truth. They did not want the people to be in agreement. Why? Because they would rise up and know that their leaders was not treating them fairly and using their monies for themselves and not for the people. Now lets see Jesus' response. 3- But He answered and said to them, "I also will ask you one thing, and answer Me: 4- The baptism of John was it from heaven or from men?" Now Jesus answered them with a question. He knew that this question would stump them. He knew that they did not know how to answer it correctly. Sometimes we don't need to answer but ask another question. When asked to prove God/Jesus, I have come back with "You are the one questioning, you disprove them." Now lets see their response to Jesus. 5- And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "If we say from heaven, He will say, why then did you not believe him? 6- But if we say from men all the people will stone us, for they are persuaded that John was a prophet. 7- So they answered that they did not know where it was from. See they could not answer. They were afraid to answer. Because both of the answers they came up with had consequences. Now look at Jesus' words. 8- And Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things." Jesus did not give them the answer. See the true answer comes from Jesus. When He lives in our hearts and is ruler of our lives, we don't always have to answer. And when we follow, sometimes we stump those who think they are wise and know it all. Have a blessed day. Rise up child of God, rise up!
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