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#190 Priests Baffled Again

After the Sadducees and the Pharisees make their last attempts to trap Jesus, he turns to them with a question.

“Whose son is the Messiah?”

A  chorus of voices answer with them, “The Son of David!” It’s a well-known title of the Messiah in prophecy.

Jesus asks, “Then why does David call him ‘Lord’ under the inspiration of God’s Spirit?” And he quotes, ” ‘The Lord said to my Lord, sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.’ If David calls him Lord, how can he be his son?”

Jesus is trying to find out if they see the Messiah as the Son of God or merely man–the son of David.

They are baffled again and don’t know what to say.

The people watch closely. The difference between the simple, clear teaching of Jesus coming from an atmosphere of pure love, his total sincerity and integrity, contrasts sharply with the haughty pretention of gorgeously robed priests in glittering headdress. Priests who make a show of “faith” by writing scripture on parchment, then tying it around their heads and wrists.

The people don’t understand why their leaders don’t believe in Jesus when his teaching is so plain. They watch eagerly, not knowing what to think. They are enslaved by blind faith in a corrupt priesthood.

These chains Jesus still needs to break. One more difficult task remains before he dies: he must plainly expose the character of their religious leaders and free them from religious oppression.

Matthew 22:41-46, Mark 12:35-37, Luke 20:41-44


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