Why I don’t know what I’m talking about

“Jesus replied, ‘Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?’”  Mark 12:24.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Job 23-24, and Mark 11-12.

The “smart” folks tried to trap Jesus into saying something that would give them reason to minimize Him.  It didn’t work!

His answers were remarkable.  At times, His response silenced His questioners completely.

But I choose to direct the response of Jesus, in today’s verse, in my direction.

I want to understand Jesus.  I want to know what He wants me to do.  Why am I not getting that done?

The answers are quite clear: “you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.”

Jesus was dealing with Scripture “lifers” when He made that remark.  He was telling them that You think you know the Scriptures but you don’t.  You know the words, but You don’t know the actual meaning.  You have produced a “meaning” that is fallacious.

I must not fall into the same problem.  I must study His Word but do it pleading for His Enlightenment as I study it.

I must also be mindful of what can happen when I am empowered by God.  That empowerment will lessen my proclivity to misunderstand.

“Lord, I thank You for Your Word.  I beg You for discernment as I read Your Word.  You are in charge.  You can give me what I need as I read and study the Bible.  Empower me to live out the truths as You reveal them to me.  I love You, Lord.”

Do you know what you’re talking about?

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