Mark 12:24 (ESV): 24 Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God?
Jesus said this in the midst of numerous questions being asked him during his final week before his crucifixion.
The Pharisees first came asking about paying taxes to Caesar. The Sadducees then presented what they thought was an unsolvable riddle about the afterlife. After Jesus’ answer, a scribe questioned him about the greatest commandment of all.
Jesus’ answer to the Sadducees truly applied to all those who were questioning him. Those who opposed him did not truly understand the scriptures, nor did they understand God’s power.
When we approach life, God and religion from our traditions, beliefs, perspectives, and desires we misunderstand God.
Instead of starting off with our preconceived ideas, we must humbly come to God, willing to listen, learn, and apply what God has to say to us.
Heavenly Father, help me to always approach you, willing to learn from you rather than trying to tell you or persuade you to my line of thinking and desires. Amen.