Trying to corner Jesus with a tricky question, the Sadducees got “schooled” by Jesus. “Your mistake,” Jesus replied, “is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God” (Mark 12:24).
These were religious leaders who took great pride in their religious education…especially with regard to the Scripture. Now Jesus states bluntly, “You don’t know the Scriptures.” Ouch!
Would Jesus say the same thing today to pastors, theology professors and believers who believe themselves to be “mature”? Perhaps to some. Nonetheless, I am reminded to always approach my study of Scripture with humility, asking the Holy Spirit to lead me into all truth. While thankful for my education and many years as a follower of Christ, I will not let it become a point of pride.
Furthermore, Jesus continued his reply by saying, “You don’t know the power of God.” Reading the Bible has taught me much about God’s power, but do I know God’s power?
Lord, I want to always be a learner when I come to your Word. Teach me and lead me into all truth by your Holy Spirit. And Lord, I don’t want to just know about your power, I want to know your power and see it work in my every day life. I want to see you power heal bodies, heal emotional hurts, deliver the demonized and so much more. As the song goes, more love, more power, more of you in my life! Amen.