The question that the religious leaders asked Jesus is the same question that many should ask today. Unfortunately, unlike Jesus, many today tire of the question! “By what authority do you do these things? And who gave you this authority?” It seems to me an appropriate set of questions to ask. However, it also seems to me a bit silly when this question is asked in this context: “____ [name removed] here: 1Cor.11:34 reads, ‘And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation.’ This prompts me to ask: Upon what scriptural basis is it thought congregational picnics and potlucks are authorized?”
Repentance illustrated. In the parable the Jesus used in conversation with the scribes, He asked a question about repentance: Which one did the will of the Father? (1) You will note that the father bade each to go forth; – God the Father bids us to heed His word. (2) The sons of the father both answered accordingly. One said he would go; the other said he would not go. The Almighty bids us to do His will; each of us responds accordingly. Some say to the Father I will; others say to the Father I will not. (3) Each son changed his mind – which is where repentance starts. (4) Each son did a particular action, which means that a change of mind is to be followed by an action. Godly repentance is a change of mind that leads to a change of action in the direction of the Lord (2 Corinthians 7:10).
As the Lord came into the presence of the people the people made a point to ring out praise to the Lord (21:9). When we come into the Lord’s presence, what do we do?