March 4 Stumpin’

Numbers 2:1-3:51;  Mark 11:27-12:17;  Psalm 47:1-9;  Proverbs 10:24-25

When Jesus was twelve he had stumped the Jewish teachers with his questions and his understanding.

Twenty one years later, Jesus continued to stump his questioners.

“By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked.  “And who gave you this authority?”  Mk. 11:28

Jesus in turn asked them–“John’s Baptism–was it from heaven, or from men?”  Mk. 11:30.

The  teachers could give him no answer.  Their lack of belief and fear of man sealed their lips.

Jesus’ teachings and actions stumped the religious establishment–to acknowledge Jesus and the Truth would be to upset their entire world.

Am I stumped by Jesus teachings, his actions, his call to discipleship?

Do I fear the rejection and ridicule of others should I be so bold in my Christian witness and living?

Do I choose to remain silent in public discourse on such issues as abortion or the definition of marriage?

Lord God, you faced the hypocrisy and entrapment of the temple leaders for our sakes.  You suffered at their hands–and you suffered and died for them as well.  Your grace and mercy stumps many in this world.  But, through the eyes of faith we see your strength made known in weakness;  we see life in death.

Through faith we do not remain perplexed, but at peace.  May we not remain silent!  In Jesus’ name we pray, praise and give thanks, Amen!

“Clap your hands, all you nations;

Shout to God with cries of  joy.

How awesome is the Lord Most High,

the Great King over all the earth!”  Psalm 46:1-2

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