Read:

  • Matthew 22:15-22
  • Mark 12:13-17
  • Luke 20:20-26
  • Matthew 22:23-33
  • Mark 12:18-27
  • Luke 20:27-40
  • Matthew 22:34-36
  • Mark 12:28-37
  • Luke 20:41-44

The more Jesus taught, the more “spies” and ill-meaning people attempted to trip Him up in His words. He discerned their motives and answered in ways that either challenged their beliefs or hushed them in the face of the crowds. Jesus’ public life did not have down time. He not only sought to proclaim the kingdom of God He had to be on guard against those trying to destroy Him.

And He endured. Not only did He endure, He was victorious both in teaching and in shirking the attacks of others. How did He do it? Yes, He is the Son of God, but He came to this earth to live fully human, reliant on the Spirit. He lived an example for us that we can know it is possible for us as well. So, knowing this, how did He accomplish both goals?

He knew His scripture. He relied not he Spirit for discernment to make the wise choice. And He didn’t get wrapped up in the plots and schemes of those working against Him. His purpose endured: reveal the kingdom of God. Those that would try to get in the way would be rebuffed, not because He prepared for the attacks, but because He prepared for His purpose. Revealing the kingdom of God required intimate knowledge with the scriptures, with the Father, and full reliance on the Holy Spirit. When functioning in that very space, there is no one who can stand against eh truth that will be proclaimed.

Do your work. prepare for the way put before you. Do not worry. The best defense is a good offense. The Lord goes ahead and behind you. Go on offense. Fulfill your purpose. And the detractors will be rebuffed in your presence. He prepares a table before you in the presence of your enemies. Trust Him to do so.

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