Amazed, Delighted or Afraid?

From Open Up Your Heart by Jeff Syverson

March 5

Amazed, Delighted or Afraid?

Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalm 35:11-18 | Numbers 4:1-5:31 | Mark 12:18-37 | Proverbs 10:26

Today’s Scripture Focus:  Mark 12:18-37

“And they were amazed at him.” (Matthew 12:17) ”And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.” (12:34b) “The large crowd listened to him with delight” (12:37b, NIV).

Mark recounts a series of dialogues between Jesus and the religious leaders over various issues. It begins with the question, “by what authority are you doing these things?” This leads to questions regarding paying taxes, marriage at the resurrection and the greatest commandment. Jesus answers each question with unusual wisdom. In each case he demonstrates his authority by his answers and the manner in which he speaks. 

Then Jesus asks a question. It puts the whole thing in perspective. Applying the words of David in the Psalms to himself, he clearly points out his authority as the Son of God (35-37). The crowds listened with delight, while the religious leaders feared him and plotted his arrest.

How do you react to the wisdom of Jesus? Do you question and resist his authority over your life (preferring your independence)? Do you fear what he might say?  

We do better to stand amazed at his wisdom (17) and to delight in what he has to say (37). There is no good reason to fear what he has to say–no good reason to reject or resist it.  Yes, it threatens our independence–it crushes our pride as we give over rule of our kingdom to Him.  

Feel free to bring your questions to Jesus.  Look to him for wisdom. Stand amazed and delight in his teaching. It brings light; it brings life.

Jesus, I stand amazed at your wisdom, your teaching, your authority. I find delight in you and in your works. Help me to trust in you and your wisdom as I seek to follow your commands and abide in your love. Amen.

About pastorjeffsneighborhood

Born and raised in Minnesota, I have served in churches in Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and California. I am a graduate of Crown College (MN) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary (OR). I have also done additional graduate studies in New Testament Studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am also a graduate of the College of Prayer. Having served as the Academic Dean and Program Director at Horizon Institute of Los Angeles for several years, I have returned to the pastorate and serve as Pastor of Big Trees Community Bible Church in Arnold, CA.
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