What Jesus Did! 'You Just Don't Know!' — Mark 12:19-24

Friday, September 2, 2016

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They said, "Teacher, Moses wrote that if a married man dies and he had no children, then his brother must marry the woman. Then they will have children for the dead brother. There were seven brothers. The first brother married but died. He had no children. So the second brother married the woman. But he also died and had no children. The same thing happened with the third brother. All seven brothers married the woman and died. None of the brothers had any children with the woman. The woman was last to die. But all seven brothers had married her. So at the time when people rise from death, whose wife will the woman be?" Jesus answered, "Why did you make this mistake? Is it because you don't know what the Scriptures say? Or because you don't know about God's power?"
— Mark 12:19-24 NLT
Illustration of Mark 12:19-24 NLT — "Teacher, Moses wrote that if a married man dies and he had no children, then his brother must marry the woman."

Key Thought

Isn't it refreshing to hear Jesus tell the simple truth to these manipulative schemers? "You don't know the Scriptures, and you don't know the power of God." So often today, we sit in circles and ask different folks what they think about a passage from God's Word. It's almost like we're leaving it up to the faulty and error-prone judges of an Olympic boxing, skating, or gymnastics event. They hold their signs to suggest what score the Scripture deserves. Instead, shouldn't we be asking other questions like ... What do I need to do to apply this Scripture in my life? What do I need to do to live in obedience to God's Word? How is this truth going to change my behavior? Rather than sitting in judgement over God's Word, shouldn't we in humility confess that we don't know enough to critique it and we don't understand God's power fully enough to grasp how it can be fully accomplished? Even more, when someone pontificates on a subject trying to sound religious and yet espouses something counter to biblical truth, shouldn't we gently remind them of Jesus' warning? Perhaps we're a little too infatuated with our opinions and not familiar enough with God's truth? Perhaps we're all a little afraid of the dissenting opinion of the conventional wisdom and not committed to obeying God's heavenly wisdom

Today's Prayer

O Father, forgive me when I live with an inflated view of my own understanding of your Word and find ways to rationalize away the sharp edges of your truth. Gently humble me and lead me to a deeper understanding and appreciation for your will. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Timothy 6:2-5
  • 2 Timothy 3:1-5
  • Romans 16:19

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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