Silencing Critics – Matthew 22:29

Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. – Matthew 22:29

Meditation: Who is God to you? What is your ultimate source of moral and practical guidance? How you answer these questions impact your worldview and your character. For Christians, we have the Holy Bible, the inspired Word of God that demonstrates the invisible hand of God through the writing of writers spanning thousands of years. Yet the message remains the same.

Throughout the Bible the Lord warns the faithful to validate any teaching against His word. Even all the way back the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve sinned because they failed to authenticate Serpent’s words against the Lord’s simple directions. Still today most errors of practice or morals originate from either ignorance of the Scriptures or a misconception of the nature of God.

Even though He is the Son of God, Jesus used the Old Testament to support and authenticate His message. This simple action baffled His critics and put them to shame and eventual silence. When they could no longer argue with Him, they resorted to treachery and violence to stop Him.

There are many critics surrounding us today that want to silence the message of Jesus Christ, but we have a great weapon at our disposal, the Holy Bible. This precious book, sharper than any two-edged sword, is able to cut through the deceit and falsehoods (Hebrews 4:12).

Call to Action: Read Matthew 4:1-11. See how the Savior replies when tempted? He uses Scripture to refute the Devil’s claims and attempts to deceive Him. Could Jesus have simply remained silent? Sure. Could He have argued from another perspective? Possibly. BUT HE DIDN’T! Why? Because the best answer to such temptations is always the Truth of God’s Word.

Examine the questions and temptations in your life. Have you tried to ignore them or answer them based on your opinion? May I suggest another way? Look into God’s Word for the answers. Ask your Pastor or Bible Study teacher to help. You can also send me your questions, and I would be most pleased to point you in the right direction.

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