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Matthew 21:23-27

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When Jesus entered 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?" Jesus said to them, "I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?" And they argued with one another, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say to us, 'Why then did you not believe him?' But if we say, 'Of human origin,' we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet." So they answered Jesus, "We do not know." And he said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things." 

Matthew 21:23-27
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    • Lord, you were uncovering a trap, exposing an unspoken attitude. The chief priests and elders were concerned with what was safe to say, not with the truth. Your eye looks into my heart too.
    • Do I let human respect dictate my words? Do I make decisions with a view to preserving my position and power? Can I talk to Jesus about this, and ask for the grace to be free, as he was?
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    • What authority does Jesus have? If he turned up today, would we want to see his qualifications before allowing him to preach? Or would his attitudes, words and deeds resonate deeply within us, so that we would say, ‘All that he says and does, and the way he does it, are just right?’
    • God’s wisdom is not confined to the worldly wise. God’s grace is not confined to those of whom the world approves. I consider how I might be open to revelation from unusual sources, unlikely people and in unexpected places.
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    • God is busy in our world, trying to get people to see clearly. Like the priests and elders, do I sometimes evade the truth of what God is trying to tell me? I ask Jesus to help me to be a truthful person. Even small lies and deceptions should have no place in my speech.
    • Among the people of God, authority can be misused. Jesus used his divine authority, not to dominate, but to serve. Whatever authority I have, let me use it in loving service of those around me.
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    • Jesus does not engage in futile discussion. There are times when words may get in the way, when no amount of speech will help. I pray that I may know when to speak and when I might keep silent.
    • Am I sometimes like the priests and elders; quizzing, figuring out, arguing, debating? Jesus values a faith that was lively, engaged, generous and uncomplicated. I spend time with Jesus, careful not to be always talking.