11/1/2018 — Matthew Chapters 20-21

A standard debating strategy (when your argument is correct) is to “answer a question with a question.”  And to focus on your opponent’s weakness.

Matthew 21:  23 Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you this authority?”  24 Jesus replied, I will also ask you one question. If you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

25 John’s baptism—where did it come from? Was it from heaven, or of human origin?”  They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 26 But if we say, ‘Of human origin’—we are afraid of the people, for they all hold that John was a prophet.”  27 So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.” Then he said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

What an example!  Jesus certainly know that His position was correct and in His one question He exposes the weaknesses of the chief priests and elders.  They knew the truth and, yet, refused to accept the truth.  Furthermore they showed their cowardliness.

Our prayer be to the Lord should be “help us see the truth” and “give us the strength and courage” to be faithful.

1 comment

  • missliz

    The religious elite were very comfortable with their religion. They were deaf and blind to the truth because they wanted to be so. Jesus was messing with their power and status in the kingdom.

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