Mark 11c Notes

Mark11c (vs27-33)                           Notes



27   And they came again to Jerusalem.


Probably   Tuesday of the Passion Week. A busy day of teaching and debating begins...


And   as He was walking in the temple,


Picture   the Lord taking in the sights and sounds of the house of prayer, much on His   mind.


the   chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to Him,


religious   elite, students of law, principle leaders of the Jewish people -- corner Him


28   and they said to Him, "By what authority are you doing these things,


Came   to press Him to give answer for His actions. What things? a) accepting praise   -- "Hosanna!" b) teaching the people c) purifying the temple


Two   possibilities: 1) Inherent Power -- in Himself.


or   who gave you this authority to do them?"


OR   2) Derived / delegated Power


Aside:   Did Jesus not plainly manifest the source of His power? (Nicodemus knew --   Jn3.2).


29   Jesus said to them, "I will ask you one question;


The   Lord controls the dialogue -- always on the offensive. "I have a thing to ask   you."


answer   me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.


IF   you can tell me... Trading Q's -- and A's, IF they were sincere. Actually, His Q   resolves theirs and reveals the source of true power.


30   Was the baptism of John from heaven or from man? Answer me."


John's   Baptism -- a synecdoche: one thing standing for the whole. His unique command   of immersion captures all he taught: repentance, readiness for the kingdom.


"From..."   points to the Root of Authority, the Source of Power. Two possible sources:   divine or human.


Note   His firm and urgent pressing for a necessary answer.


All   religions doctrine and practice today must pass this test.


31   And they discussed it with one another, saying,


They   pull aside to confer before answering. An investigation into the truth? OR   careful politicking to choose the most advantageous or benign position.


"If   we say, 'From heaven,' He will say, 'Why then did you not believe him?'


Rightly   conclude the voice of heaven should be heeded.


Note:   the Jewish leaders rejected John. They did NOT repent and prepare for the   kingdom. Their answer was already evident in their actions.


32   But, shall we say, 'From man?' -


The   alternative was already chosen, but we dare not openly confess it.


IF   there was another way to approach the question of authority, they could not   discern it.


This   is a Broken Sentence. The answer may be supplied by the reader.


they   were afraid of the people, for they all held that John really was a prophet.


On   John, as on many basic points, the people and their 'leaders' were divided.   These false rulers could not openly confess their divergence with the   people's opinion.


33   So they answered Jesus, "We do not know."


They   politically convenient position: agnosticism. We don't have enough evidence   or enough intelligence to make a decision!


And   Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these   things."


The   Lord 'outs' their real decision: they WILL not to say. He keeps His offer.   These foolishly stubborn not fit nor prepared to receive Him.



notes by David Teel Friday, August 22, 2014