The FaithOfJesus2 Daily Devotional


kjv@Revelation:14:12 @ Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

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Today's Verse:


kjv@Mark:11:27 @ And they come again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders,

kjv@Mark:11:28 @ And say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these things?

kjv@Mark:11:29 @ And Jesus answered and said unto them, I will also ask of you one question, and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.

kjv@Mark:11:30 @ The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me.

kjv@Mark:11:31 @ And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not believe him?

kjv@Mark:11:32 @ But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed.

kjv@Mark:11:33 @ And they answered and said unto Jesus, We cannot tell. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.

Today's notes:


Key Concepts:


What is God's righteousness observed doing?:

What does this tell us about God's righteousness?:

How is man reacting?:


By what authority was also asked of John the Baptist. There seems to be a lot of concern over authority, but really there isn't. It doesn't really matter to them by what authority when the ultimate answer for them is what the people think. It goes to show the type of authority that they are under; one that seeks to destroy Him because He distracts from their power and authority, at the same time is cautious for the public perception because it may weaken the power they are receiving from Rome.

Righteousness is all about authority. It is not only the power to declare a thing to be, but also the power to perform/enforce it. Jesus has always ascribed His particular ability to His obedience to the will of the Father and the Father's confirmation of Him as Son; a tandem and mutual process. It is also in the overall goodness that said process serves. The end obtained is right because the means obtaining it were also.

I have often wondered had Jesus went ahead to answer the question if the result would have been any different. Results actually would have been similar except for the fact that the enemy would not have been exposed. We must conclude that it is more right to expose if all other results be nearly the same.

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. We should be aware that it is often best for God to teach us by backing us into a difficult question or strategic dilemma. The questions that we ask of Him are often the questions better asked of ourselves.

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