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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for June 12, 2021

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SATURDAY, June 12                  Enmegahbowh

Luke 20:1-4 One day, as he was teaching the people in the temple and telling the good news, the chief priests and the scribes came with the elders and said to him, “Tell us, by what authority are you doing these things? Who is it who gave you this authority?” He answered them, “I will also ask you a question, and you tell me: Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?”

In today’s passage, we see that Jesus is even more than redeemer. Here, he is also master debater, taking a trap and breaking its steel spring in two. The well-known author C.S. Lewis writes of Jesus’ teaching, saying it is “full of wisdom and shrewdness.” We see that shrewdness as Jesus answers a question with a question, which turns into a bit of a problem for his accusers.

The text says that Jesus is “telling the good news” when he is being interrogated. We can infer from his shrewd response that Jesus does not put up with mean-spirited folk so rude as to interrupt the most important, joyful message the world will ever hear.

MOVING FORWARD: Read Matthew 10:16. How does Jesus’ command to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves intersect with this passage from Luke?

PRAY for the Diocese of Chichester (England)

Ps 75, 76 * 23, 27 | Ecclesiasticus 46:1-10 | 2 Corinthians 13:1-14 | Luke 20:1-8

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