RE Verse reading–Mark 12:28-34 (day four)
Jesus was in dialogue with the religious leaders.  They knew the law…they knew the source of Jesus’ authority, but they refused to accept it.  When asked if John the Baptist’s message was from God or from man, they knew the correct answer but would not believe it…so they said they didn’t know.  They were so disoriented to God that their hearts and minds were hardened to the truth.  Now in verse 28, one of the Scribes came to Jesus and recognized that He was answering correctly.  The Scribe’s heart was open to truth.  Jesus said, “you are not far from the kingdom of God”.  How far are we?  We spend day after day in the world…assaulted by its attacks on truth…becoming completely disoriented in our heart, mind, soul, and strength.  That is why God gave us one day a week to pull aside and refocus on Him.  Do you acknowledge the authority of Jesus?  How have you responded to that authority?

Author: Larry Soape

Larry Soape is the Associate Pastor for Median & Senior Adults, and Missions at FBCSA.

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