Today's scripture focus is Mark 11:27-33
Mark 11:27-33English Standard Version (ESV)
The Authority of Jesus Challenged27 And they came again to Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to him, 28 and they said to him, “By what authority are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority to do them?” 29 Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. 30 Was the baptism of John from heaven or from man? Answer me.” 31 And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 32 But shall we say, ‘From man’?”—they were afraid of the people, for they all held that John really was a prophet. 33 So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”
This passage makes me chuckle a little bit. It reminds me of conversations with my kids. "Mom, what's for supper?" "Chicken casserole." 5 minutes later, "mom, what's for supper?" "I just answered that, don't you remember?" And you can see their little brains turning that they remember asking, and they don't want to get chastised for not remembering, so they just say "Oh, yeah."
I feel like the disciples "we don't know" was just an "oh yeah" they didn't want Jesus to chastise them, but they didn't want the people upset either.
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