Listen, my people, to my teaching; tilt your ears toward the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth with a proverb. I’ll declare riddles from days long gone – ones that we’ve heard and learned about, ones that our ancestors told us. We won’t hide them from their descendants; we’ll tell the next generation all about the praise due the Lord and his strength – the wondrous works God has done.
When Jesus entered the temple, the chief priests and elders of the people came to him as he was teaching. They asked, “What kind of authority do you have for doing these things? Who gave you this authority?” Jesus replied, “I have a question for you. If you tell me the answer, I’ll tell you what kind of authority I have to do these things. Where did John get his authority to baptize? Did he get it from heaven or from humans?” They argued among themselves, “If we say ‘from heaven,’ he’ll say to us, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ But we can’t say ‘from humans’ because we’re afraid of the crowd, since everyone thinks John was a prophet.” Then they replied, “We don’t know.” Jesus also said to them, “Neither will I tell you what kind of authority I have to do these things. “What do you think? A man had two sons. Now he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ “‘No, I don’t want to,’ he replied. But later he changed his mind and went. “The father said the same thing to the other son, who replied, ‘Yes, sir.’ But he didn’t go. “Which one of these two did his father’s will?” They said, “The first one.” Jesus said to them, “I assure you that tax collectors and prostitutes are entering God’s kingdom ahead of you. For John came to you on the righteous road, and you didn’t believe him. But tax collectors and prostitutes believed him. Yet even after you saw this, you didn’t change your hearts and lives and you didn’t believe him.
Message by Pastor Mary Dotson
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James Tissot (1836–1902) Link back to Creator infobox template wikidata:Q381248
Français : Les pharisiens questionnent Jésus
English: The Pharisees Question Jesus
Date between 1886 and 1894
Medium opaque watercolor over graphite on gray wove paper
Dimensions 18.7 × 28.3 cm (7.4 × 11.1 in)
Brooklyn Museum Link back to Institution infobox template wikidata:Q632682
European Art collection
Accession number 00.159.208
Credit line purchase by public subscription
Notes Signature bottom left: J.J. Tissot
Source/Photographer Online Collection of Brooklyn Museum; Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2007, 00.159.208_PS2.jpg
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