Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

What is the difference between knowing and knowing?

Mark 1:22 “And they were astonished at His doctrine: for He thought them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.”

This is astonishing! When Jesus came to Israel, preaching the Kingdom of God is at hand….there were many scribes who knew the Word of God.

Many who could point out exactly what should be done according to the Law.

(Under king Josiah, the scribe was established. As many things, at the beginning, it was a very blessed plan.

Send men out into the land of Judah, who knew the Law….to teach it, so that everyone would know what God wanted them to do. It was exactly what Moses had said to do when they entered the land……though Israel had failed to do it….and many did not know what God had said in His Law.)

But now, at Jesus time, the scribes had degenerated into a class of men, separate from others…..better than others….who generally used their knowledge of the Law…..not to teach others, but to point out other people’s faults.

Then comes Jesus…..He preaches and teaches what should be done from the scriptures….but with the authority of One Who knows God,…..and that His Law is good, merciful, and right.

(It is not real authority for others, without the Authority of God and His Word for me.)

Mark 1:21 “And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day He entered into the synagogue, and taught.”

This is the same incident as in…

Matthew 4:13, 23 “And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum…..

And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.”

This was at the beginning of His ministry…..and we see Him teaching the people….with authority.

Giving the Word, with power to change them……to those starving for it.

(At least seven times in scripture it is recorded that they were astonished at His doctrine, wisdom and understanding….for it was with authority…”power”. Luke 4:32)

We think He had power only because He was the Son of God….yet He plainly says…

John 8:26, 29 “I have many things to say and to judge of you: but He that sent Me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of Him.

And He that sent Me is with Me: the Father hath not left Me alone; for I do always those things that please Him.”

John 12:49-50 “For I have not spoken of Myself, but the Father which sent Me, He gave Me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

And I know that His commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto Me, so I speak.”

Here is a real….”And I know”. Christ Jesus knew God HIs Father,….and that His Word is good, merciful, and right.

How much do we know God, and His Word in us?

Though the scribes knew the Word…..yet they did not know the reality of the authority of that Word….for themselves.

They could give good advice, but could not command the heart of their hearers…..because the blessing of God comes to the devoted and obedient heart….and through them, to others.

We, too, must acquire the knowledge of the Word… important for these days….

….but also the authority of that Word in our lives, that we might show the Lord to others,….and the goodness, mercy and power of His Word, by being under it’s Authority ourselves.

It is not head knowledge, but of the Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is the Person of the Godhead that we work mostly with.

When we speak for the Lord,….by His Word, or by obedience…..and we have that experience in our lives,….the Holy Spirit takes what is said, and done….and empowers it in the lives of the hearers.

They may reject the conviction, or help…..but they can not get around that Word, when spoken with the power of the Holy Spirit.

What is the difference between knowing and knowing?

The knowing of our heads….not bad, but not enough.

And the knowing of our lives…..we have what the Lord said… us!

And we can speak with authority anything we get into our own lives.

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