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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
Some of the teachers of the law responded, “Well said, teacher!”
These teachers of the law had come as spies to try and catch Jesus in bad responses to their questions. If they could, it would then be ok for them to turn Jesus over to the authorities for corrupt teaching of the law. (vs. 20) However, Jesus’ answers to their questions were so historically correct and deeper than what they imagined he would answer that, “Even His Enemies Said, ‘Nice Job!”
To question God is to have the deck stacked against you going into the discussion. These teachers of the law did not believe Jesus was the Messiah. So, because of their doubt, they were sure to lose any debate with the Son of God. When rebellion to the will of God and the revelation of God is your chief motivation, you will always walk away looking bad in defeat. When Paul the Apostle, the Jewish-born Roman citizen and part of the elite students of the law, made the statement, “Without faith it is impossible to please God,” he was reminding us all that until we get out of the boat of fear and onto the stormy waters of faith, our personal safety will never be safe enough. Because Jesus knew who he was, difficult questions from them to him were like asking a child if they want candy. He knew the answer before they asked the question. That’s why “Even His Enemies Said, ‘Nice Job!”
When I read this story this AM, I dreamed a little as to what that actual scene must have looked like and thought, “I wish I could have been there” when you answered their questions and all they could say was, “Nice Job!” I want to only ask questions about how I can better serve you. I’ll never ask to try and tie your hands. How stupid could I be? Amen