Chapter # 4 Paragraph # 3 Study # 3
November 5, 2006
Lincolnton, N.C.

<294> Thesis: "Authority" is balanced by "Patience". Introduction: In Luke's on-going presentation of Jesus as the Ideal Man, he determined to get the most crucial issues before his reader immediately. So far we have seen that Jesus claimed to be the Servant of God to bring about the blessedness of redemption and that He was forcefully rejected as such by those who knew Him best. The issue in that scenario is: Who is correct? Were the Nazarenes correct in being so fixated upon their own status in the eyes of the world that they could not stand to be criticized? Or was Jesus correct in pointing out the parallelism between Nazareth and Israel in the days of Elijah and Elisha? Everyone has to decide. There is no comfortable fence to sit upon in this issue. Then, in the last couple of weeks we have looked at Jesus' adoption of Capernaum as His base of operations and have seen that He deliberately set the "authority" issue before the "religious set" in that city. This is, after all, a most significant "bottom line" kind of issue. Who does have "authority"? With the "authority" issue before us, it is important that we give some thought to the ways that the alternative kingdoms view and exercise "authority". We have some clear indications of how the kingdom of darkness views authority in our text and we have some clear indications of how the Kingdom of Light views and uses authority. So, this morning, we are going to consider "authority". What is God's view of "authority" and what is the devil's view?