x393......Why Didn't the Scribes Have authority like Jesus?
21* And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught. 22* And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. (Mark 1:21-22)
Jesus taught the word of God with authority--with power--with the power of God for effectiveness.
But why didn't the scribes have authority for God? They were in fact the official group of people who were the teachers of Israel. They were the "delegated designated office holders of ministry"--so why didn't they operate in authority like Jesus?
Because they did not use the authority that the word of God has, correctly--they did not use their authority in the way God commanded--to heal-to deliver--to bring forth the Gospel. this is the way that Jesus used His authority--it was the right and correct way to teach and operate. The scribes used their authority over others--they used their authority to rule over Israel--rather than too heal Israel. They used their authority over others--which Jesus says is the one place Not to use authority--
25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. 26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. (Luke 22:25-26, KJV).
Jesus was a servant minister--not a ruling minister. He did not use the authority of the word of God to rule over people--He used it completely to heal others. When someone uses authority--the authority that God gives--to rule over others--they loose their authority and effectiveness in God. The full effect of the word of God is lost when it is used to rule over others rather than to heal--as is the true purpose of God.
The authority of God is meant to destroy the works of the devil in he earth. It is meant and commanded by Jesus to cast out the devil--to heal the sick (to destroy he sickness that the devil brings) to preach the right and true Gospel of God's kingdom (and thus destroy the devil' false gospels). But when we use authority--the power of God--over others we destroy their works--and so we destroy the work of God which the authority He has given was meant to do. Therefore we see weak and ineffective scribes in Jesus day--they ruled with their authority rather than healed. They used their authority over others--rather than to destroy the works of the devil.
The scribes and priests and pharisees were very concerned about their ministry. One of the things that upset them about Jesus was that He was doing what they saw as their job--but He was doing it much better than they ever could! They believed in their "office" of ministry as being a title--as being a position that they held. It was a "place" that they had in the community--that garnered them respect and the right to rule over others.
When they saw Jesus doing ministry--they were scared they would loose their place--that they world loose their position --
Look at what their response is when Jesus raises Lazarus...
43* And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. 44* And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go. 45* ¶ Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him. 46* But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done. 47* Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. 48* If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation. (John 11: 43-48)
They see Jesus doing ministry--doing a miracle --with the authority that God has given Him---and their reaction is to worry about loosing their "place"--their position in Israel. It is important to note that they had compromised their real authority in God. Thye were operating in the "kingdom of the Gentiles" --the Roman hierarchy. The leaders of Jesus' day, including the priests of the temple, had surrendered their Godly authority to man--by compromiseing Israel to fit into the Roman hierarchal society. We know this from history--but we also know this from this Bible quote (along with others).
Question: have you ever had this happen in your church? Have you ever done ministry--and had the leadership worry if they would loose their job?--or say that they were the right and correct "authority" to do the job?
Pharisees were always worried about their job and position--that is the way that Jesus described them--
1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, 2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: 3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. 4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. 5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. 8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. 9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. 10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. 11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. 13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. 14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. 15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. 16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! 17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? 18 And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty. 19 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? 20 Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon. 21 And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein. 22 And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon. 23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. 24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. 25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. 26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. 27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. 28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. 29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, 30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. 31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. 32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. 33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? 34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: 35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. 36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. 37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! 38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. 39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. (Matthew 23:1-39, KJV).
Yipes! We shouldn't want to be like the Pharisees in any way at all!!
The question we ask is this: do we have tradition within the church that leads us to operate the new covenant church by old covenant guidelines? Have we been handed church tradition that leads us to operate as if there is a Levitcal priest who rules over the church?
When we invite this type of old covenant government into the church, a form of operation which Jesus clearly rejected (and which the Bible directly says is not to be in the new covenant--Hebrews tells us that the Levitical priesthood and all it's offerings and function are done away with)--do we not invite the leaven of the pharisees into our church?