Date: June 11, 2014 11:25 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Our Authority
"The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, What is this? A new teaching - and with authority! He even gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him." Mark 1:27
Scripture Focus: Mark 1:21-28
What do you want to be when you grow up? Vocational standards may influence the answer. While they may be difficult to achieve, these criteria often provide the authority we need to work in our chosen field.
In Jesus' day, young men studied for years to be teachers of the law, also known as scribes. Some began training as early as 14 and finished at age 40. Then they could be ordained as judges or use the title of rabbi.
But when Jesus taught them, He did not have the formal training His listeners had come to expect. Still, His teaching amazed them. But Jesus' teaching was not the only thing to inspire awe. They were also amazed at His authority over the spirit world. The evil spirit knew he had to obey Jesus' command. He recognized Jesus' authority and so did the people who watched.
What the people did not realize was that Jesus' authority did not arise from merely learning the "written" word of God. Jesus taught and acted with authority because He is the “living” Word of God.
Insight: In What Areas Should You Submit To Jesus Christ's Authority In Your Life? Submit To His Authority Today And He'll Amaze You, Too.
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