HOST: Michael Whitworth
And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.
Jesus was different. His teaching was different. He wasn't like the scribes, who were the Jewish lawyers of the day. They had devoted their lives to copying the law, and so they knew what it said. The Jews looked to them as experts and authorities. But Jesus was different. The scribes could tell them what the law said, but Jesus told them what it meant. He spoke with an insight into the mind and will of God that was unknown to the scribes. He taught with authority, the type of authority that could only come from God Himself. Jesus still speaks to us, through the Word, with an authority and insight into God’s will that can only come from God. And whether we realize it or not, Jesus’ teaching is still astonishing, because of its timeless relevance and perfect accuracy. Astonishing because of its enduring wisdom and life-changing truth. As we open up the Word of God and immerse ourselves into the teachings of Jesus, may God help us to be impressed, astonished, convinced, and changed by what He teaches us.
What impresses you about the teaching of Jesus?
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