The Authority of Jesus Challenged
Accompanying John MacArthur sermon: Rejecting the King's Authority
Accompanying Mark Driscoll sermon: Angry Jesus Cleanses the Temple
I first heard a new twist on this passage from a Ray Vanderlaan teaching session. I can't remember which one it was, but I found an online sermon that referenced the same things. I found this fascinating. I'm sorry it's a bit long, but it's extremely interesting. And there's more in the rest of the sermon that is fascinating as well, if you have time to read it.
1. It is written he would quote the text by memory.
2. And that means he would explain using parables or stories.
3. According to and then he would quote one of their Rabbis as authority to the meaning he had given for the text.
1. It was written
2. You have heard that that means this.
3. But I tell you it means this.
Matthew 5:27-28 (NASB) "You have heard that it was said, 'YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY'; 28 but I say to you, that everyone who looks on a woman to lust for her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.
Mark 1:22 (NASB) And they were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
Matthew 21:23 (NASB) And when He had come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to Him as He was teaching, and said, "By what authority are You doing these things, and who gave You this authority?"
Luke 2:46-47 (NASB) And it came about that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them, and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers.
Luke 20:1-2 (NASB) And it came about on one of the days while He was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel, that the chief priests and the scribes with the elders confronted Him, 2 and they spoke, saying to Him, "Tell us by what authority You are doing these things, or who is the one who gave You this authority?"
Luke 20:3-4 (NASB) And He answered and said to them, "I shall also ask you a question, and you tell Me: 4 "Was the baptism of John from heaven or from men?"
John 1:29-30 (NASB) The next day he saw Jesus coming to him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 "This is He on behalf of whom I said, 'After me comes a Man who has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.'
Mark 1:10-11 (NASB) And immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him; 11 and a voice came out of the heavens: "Thou art My beloved Son, in Thee I am well-pleased."
MacArthur, on the other hand, says that Jesus didn't have any rabbinical schooling. I'm not sure that there is proof of that either way, but with or without training, Jesus knew the OT backwards and forwards. And, as God, obviously has absolute authority.
I liked Driscoll's point here - do you believe Jesus has absolute authority? Do you LIVE as though Jesus has absolute authority? You see, you may say you believe He has absolute authority, but if your life doesn't reflect it, than you really don't. Instead, you've placed someone else (your worldview, your political cause, your philosophical assumptions, your sexual desires, basically yourself) above that authority. If Jesus has absolute authority, and He does, then we better obey Him.
And if someone disagrees with Jesus (or the Word), well then, they're wrong. Not Jesus.
As Christians who acknowledge Jesus' supreme authority, we need to be passionate about determining what Jesus has commanded of us, and then, by the grace of God, seek to obey it.
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Luke 20:9-18