Topic: Conquering Through Wisdom
[DCLM Daily Manna 10th August 2018 Daily Devotional]
Text: Mark 12:13-17 (KJV)
Key Verse: “And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him” (Mark 12:17).
The Scripture says, “Wisdom is defence“. In no other life or ministry was wisdom and victory so manifested as Christ’s. The relentless efforts by Jesus’ detractors to undermine Him were frustrated by His superior wisdom which they could not countervail.
The Pharisees and Herodians had to put their irreconcilable differences aside to unite against “a common foe”. They felt threatened by His pure truth and righteous teachings. Their question as to whether they were to give tribute to Caesar or not was actually designed to implicate Him and “to catch him in his words” (verse 13). Their sarcastic remark that Jesus was “true and carest for no man… but teachest the way of God in truth” (verse 14) is actually true. His response that they should “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” threw them off balance.
Christ’s masterful handling of both friends and foes shows He is actually “a teacher come from God”. Even at a time when some officers were sent to arrest Him, they came back empty-handed, testifying that “never man spake like this man”. Interestingly, He has also given the Church the promise of this irresistible wisdom (Luke 21:15).
No Christian, especially those in leadership, should remain ignorant. Wisdom is the principal thing. It is by it that kings rule. Moreso, believers have been made “kings and priests unto God”. The wisdom that abstains from all manner of unrighteousness, makes one watchful, prayerful, heaven conscious and rapture ready is the beneficial wisdom every Christian must have.
Thought For The Day: Divine wisdom is needed in the application of the Scriptures.
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