Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
For I tell you, unless your righteousness goes beyond that of the experts in the law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Now after Jesus entered the temple courts, the chief priests and elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching and said, "By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?"
Then Jesus came up and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
I will raise up a prophet like you for them from among their fellow Israelites. I will put my words in his mouth and he will speak to them whatever I command.
Surely the king's authority is absolute; no one can say to him, "What are you doing?"
The sovereign Lord has given me the capacity to be his spokesman, so that I know how to help the weary. He wakes me up every morning; he makes me alert so I can listen attentively as disciples do.
Let the prophet who has had a dream go ahead and tell his dream. Let the person who has received my message report that message faithfully. What is like straw cannot compare to what is like grain! I, the Lord, affirm it!
But I am full of the courage that the Lord's Spirit gives, and have a strong commitment to justice. This enables me to confront Jacob with its rebellion, and Israel with its sin.
For I will give you the words along with the wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.
Moses said, 'The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers. You must obey him in everything he tells you.
Yet they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke.
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing even to the point of dividing soul from spirit, and joints from marrow; it is able to judge the desires and thoughts of the heart.
Then Pharisees and experts in the law came from Jerusalem to Jesus and said,
"The experts in the law and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat.
The Pharisees and the experts in the law asked him, "Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with unwashed hands?"
Then Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you by whose authority I do these things."
They were amazed at his teaching, because he spoke with authority.