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Who Gave You This Authority?

June 20, 2014

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Who Gave You  This Authority?

What a challenge.     If somebody new  came into our sphere  of being  and started telling us what is wrong  and what is right  in our job,  we might rightly ask,  “Who gave you  this authority?”     We might wonder  just because this  “somebody new”  was giving some very  “foolish” instructions  —  instructions  that are sure  to mess things up royally.     And,  we  “know”  from years  of experience  that these new instructions  absolutely  will not work.

But,  truly  “knowing”  and thinking  that we  “know”  are two different things.     So,  we do need  to rethink  the actual facts  and evidence  at hand.     That’s how it was  with the religious leaders  in Jesus’ day.     After  they saw many  of Jesus’ miracles  and how Jesus cast out  the money-making schemers  from the Temple,  Luke 20:1-2  records,

And it came about  on one  of the days  while He was teaching the people  in the temple  and preaching the gospel,  that the chief priests  and the scribes  with the elders  confronted Him,  and they spoke,  saying  to Him,  “Tell us  by what authority  You are doing these things,  or who is the one  who gave You  this authority?

Jesus did not  tell them directly  as to who gave Him  the authority  to teach,  preach,  and heal  —  rather,  He led them  into a parable  that directly answered them  —  but,  the actual direct answer is  in many Old Testament scripture passages.     Just one such direct answer  is in Isaiah 42.     Verses 5-8  pointedly tell us,

Thus says  God  the LORD,
Who created  the heavens  and stretched them out,
Who spread out the earth  and its offspring,
Who gives breath  to the people  on it,
And spirit  to those  who walk  in it,
“I am the LORD,  I have called you  in righteousness,
I will also hold you  by the hand  and watch over you,
And I will appoint you  as a covenant  to the people,
As a light  to the nations,
To open blind eyes,
To bring out prisoners  from the dungeons,
And those  who dwell  in darkness  from the prison.
I am the LORD,  that is My name;
I will not give  My glory  to another,
Nor My praise  to graven images.

Jesus was  appointed  as a new covenant  to all  of us.     He is called  “a light  to the nations”  —  He opened the eyes  of those  who were literally blind  and the eyes  of those  who were spiritually blind  —  and He brought out  the “prisoners  from the dungeons”  —  those  who had been entrapped  by all the rules  and regulations  of the Jewish religious leaders.

Because  all this  is truly God’s way  of dealing  with us,  as a final word  of authority,  the LORD says,  “I will not give  My glory  to another,  nor My praise  to graven images.”     Come Judgment Day,  that is exactly  how it will be.     We need  to be aware  of this  —  whatever our present circumstances.

Recognizing  the LORD’s  authority,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for giving  all authority  to Christ Jesus.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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