THE KING’S AUTHORITY
Mark 11:27-33 NASB
27 They came again to Jerusalem. And as He was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to Him, 28 and began saying to Him, “By what authority are You doing these things, or who gave You this authority to do these things?” 29 And Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question, and you answer Me, and then I will tell you by what authority I do these things. 30 Was the baptism of John from heaven, or from men? Answer Me.” 31 They began reasoning among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say, ‘Then why did you not believe him?’ 32 But shall we say, ‘From men’?”—they were afraid of the people, for everyone considered John to have been a real prophet. 33 Answering Jesus, they said, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Nor will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”
- Confrontation 11:27
- Control 11:28
- Counter 11:29-30
- Corruption 11:31-33
- What was the religious leader’s reaction to Jesus cleaning out the temple and having their sin exposed? What is your reaction when your sin is exposed?
- Why do we naturally question and resist authority? What is the connection to the fall in Genesis 3? Where do you resist authority in your life? How have you repented of resisting authority?
- Did the religious leaders need more evidence? Would more evidence or more conversation have helped them obey and follow Jesus? What did they really need? What do we really need to humbly submit and follow Jesus?
- Where do you “plead the fifth” in your life rather than dealing with the truth? Who helps you see the area’s in your life that you’re not dealing truthfully? In what ways do you help others?