Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Lets Stump the Master
Matthew 22:34 "Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
The religious leaders were determined to discredit Jesus. They had rehearsed some questions that they were sure would make him stutter and stammer.
This one was a doosy! Their scholars and leaders had wrestled with it for hundreds of years.
37 "Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[b] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
That brought their attack to an end. Then he started in on them, with some questions of his own.
41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?”
“The son of David,” they replied.
43 He said to them, “How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him ‘Lord’? For he says,
44 “‘The Lord said to my Lord:
“Sit at my right hand
until I put your enemies
under your feet.”’
45 If then David calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?” 46 No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions."
Jesus outwitted his religious enemies. They got their revenge by putting him to death shortly after.
Yet all this was according to the purpose and plan of God Almighty.