Matthew 21:23


Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you this authority?”


9 thoughts on “Matthew 21:23”

  1. Glenn read the account in Luke 20 to me this morning. It struck me upside the head that Jesus was actually trying to answer their question. I always just thought of this as Jesus just kinda brushing off their attack… just silencing them. Today I was taught that he was teaching them about authority, His authority, John’s authority, our authority.
    Even in their discussion on how they should answer about John’s authority, they didn’t even realize that their answer would answer their original question also.


  2. Glenn: I have nothing profound to comment at this point. I will say, It does come down to who’s authority do we operate? There is either God’s, or man’s. Spirit or flesh .Romans 8:14 says,”are who are lead by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God”. Also, who’s image is man made in? Is Cesar not a man?


  3. Lately I’ve been keen to notice the succession in the groupings of Jesus’ parables. In this chapter, they want to know about authority. So Jesus starts illustrating the concept with these parables that not only illustrate God’s authority, but also our responsibility if we’ve been given authority as His children. I especially like how he uses their scheming question, about paying the head tax, to further illustrate that the image impressed on the currency shows where the authority is. I love it, it’s so deep, yet it’s so succinctly posed by Jesus. Man made by God in His own image and was given authority. And now, whose image is stamped on each of us? Give to God what is God’s right?


  4. I love how Jesus would talk to people, He seemed to always have the right answer:-). About the taxes, he created a fish with money inside of it’s mouth to pay for him and Peter. Jesus said something I think is important and it tells us where His heart was. Jesus said,” Nevertheless, less we offend them.” He did not have to fall under the temple tax but He was not concerned about Himself but others. He was free but chose to pay, that says alot about Jesus, He was not stingy and He was concerned with others not Himself. When I read the Word Authority it got me thinking on how Jesus really was. A chapter before this one the mother of Zebedee’s sons came and asked Jesus if her sons can set on his left and on his right in His kingdom. Jesus goes onto answer her that it is not his to give but His Father is in charge of that. The other disciples were mad at the two brothers like looking at them like they were trying to be the high ups. But I love what Jesus says to them, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, those who are great exercise authority over them.” Yet is shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. ” And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave. ” Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” The reality is Jesus could do whatever He wanted His Father gave Him all Authority but Jesus chose the way of a humble servant, thinking of others above Himself even though He was free.


    1. I like what you had to say about being a servant. I’ve been contemplating how Jesus DID innately have authority to be “doing these things”. Yet He has such an air of service and effortless humility that even comes through in the retelling by eyewitnesses. So I am suspecting that this power of serving others is something that the Lord wants us to understand and even to walk in. I think it does much to reach people’s hearts, because it pulls their eyes toward heaven, it glorifies God.


  5. I have learned in working with all different bosses, I had had some that would just tell you to do something and that is it you do it or else very harsh, I also had a boss that he would not tell you anything and pretty much just you did what you wanted and he did his thing. I also had a boss that worked along side with me, trained and actually she worked with me. This is how I see Jesus as not only a boss but a leader, a good leader will lead by example. Jesus was so into walking it out and He did not set high up and expect things to be done for Him,He got His hands dirty Himself. I believe authority has to do with understanding who you are in Christ, God has given us authority in His Kingdom but how will we use it?
    You were talking about the parables, the talents is one of my favorites Jesus says, “To Whom much is given, much is required.”


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