Don’t Answer That!

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings:
Deuteronomy 7-9; Mark 11:19-33

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27 Jesus and his disciples entered Jerusalem again. As Jesus was walking around the temple, the chief priests, legal experts, and elders came to him. 28 They asked, “What kind of authority do you have for doing these things? Who gave you this authority to do them?”

29 Jesus said to them, “I have a question for you. Give me an answer, then I’ll tell you what kind of authority I have to do these things. 30  Was John’s baptism of heavenly or of human origin? Answer me.”

31 They argued among themselves, “If we say, ‘It’s of heavenly origin,’ he’ll say, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 32 But we can’t say, ‘It’s of earthly origin.’” They said this because they were afraid of the crowd, because they all thought John was a prophet. 33 They answered Jesus, “We don’t know.”

Jesus replied, “Neither will I tell you what kind of authority I have to do these things.” (Mark 11:27-33. Common English Bible).

If you sit and watch television, sooner or later, you will watch a cop show. And, sooner or later (probably sooner), the officers will have a suspect sitting in an interrogation room questioning the suspect. As the questioning goes on, inevitably a lawyer comes in and says to the suspect, “Don’t answer that!”

On a different show, perhaps a sitcom, a telephone rings, and someone says, “Don’t you dare answer that.”

As I was preparing this post, the first thing that came to my mind was the lawyer walking in and stopping the new client. Perhaps that might have been because at the time I read the lesson I was multi-tasking. I was reading the lesson while also watching an old NCIS rerun. While the “don’t answer that” statement wasn’t said on the show, I was pretty surprised. Even when the lawyer came in, the suspect continued talking.

In the lesson, the Pharisees were asking questions about Jesus’ authority to forgive and to heal, etc. In the way I see the story play out, Jesus says to himself, “Don’t answer that.” He could see the trap. So, Jesus had a question of his own. If they were to answer, they would share answers with one another and go on about their business, probably heading in opposite directions.

Jesus’ question was, “Was John’s baptism of heavenly or earthly origin?” The Pharisees, Sadducees,  and keepers of the law probably didn’t appreciate very much. They didn’t have a good answer and as a result, Jesus hid a lot of.

I think this story happened because Jesus knew what was coming. There were no surprises here. And, because Jesus had gotten the upper hand, the old south had to start to worry about

We can’t always know what is coming, but we don’t need to know. If we can maintain our focus and our prayer, we can know that God will keep us looking toward him and then we might just hear God say, “Don’t answer that.”

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

 

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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