Daily Bible Reading (Thursday, March 29th)


Luke 20 (ESV)


The Authority of Jesus Challenged

One day, as Jesus[a] was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders came up and said to him, “Tell us by what authority you do these things, or who it is that gave you this authority.” He answered them, “I also will ask you a question. Now tell me, was the baptism of John from heaven or from man?” And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From man,’ all the people will stone us to death, for they are convinced that John was a prophet.” So they answered that they did not know where it came from. And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

The Parable of the Wicked Tenants

And he began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard and let it out to tenants and went into another country for a long while. 10 When the time came, he sent a servant[b] to the tenants, so that they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed.11 And he sent another servant. But they also beat and treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. 12 And he sent yet a third. This one also they wounded and cast out. 13 Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.’ 14 But when the tenants saw him, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Let us kill him, so that the inheritance may be ours.’ 15 And they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” When they heard this, they said, “Surely not!” 17 But he looked directly at them and said, “What then is this that is written:

“‘The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone’?[c]

18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.”

Paying Taxes to Caesar

19 The scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on him at that very hour, for they perceived that he had told this parable against them, but they feared the people. 20 So they watched him and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, that they might catch him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor. 21 So they asked him, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach rightly, and show no partiality,[d] but truly teach the way of God.22 Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar, or not?” 23 But he perceived their craftiness, and said to them, 24 “Show me a denarius.[e] Whose likeness and inscription does it have?” They said, “Caesar's.” 25 He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.”26 And they were not able in the presence of the people to catch him in what he said, but marveling at his answer they became silent.

Sadducees Ask About the Resurrection

27 There came to him some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, 28 and they asked him a question, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man's brother dies, having a wife but no children, the man[f] must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife, and died without children. 30 And the second 31 and the third took her, and likewise all seven left no children and died. 32 Afterward the woman also died. 33 In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had her as wife.”

34 And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage,35 but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage, 36 for they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons[g] of the resurrection. 37 But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. 38 Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to him.” 39 Then some of the scribes answered, “Teacher, you have spoken well.” 40 For they no longer dared to ask him any question.

Whose Son Is the Christ?

41 But he said to them, “How can they say that the Christ is David's son? 42 For David himself says in the Book of Psalms,

“‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
43     until I make your enemies your footstool.”’

44 David thus calls him Lord, so how is he his son?”

Beware of the Scribes

45 And in the hearing of all the people he said to his disciples, 46 “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, 47 who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”


  1. Luke 20:1 Greek he
  2. Luke 20:10 Or bondservant; also verse 11
  3. Luke 20:17 Greek the head of the corner
  4. Luke 20:21 Greek and do not receive a face
  5. Luke 20:24 denarius was a day's wage for a laborer
  6. Luke 20:28 Greek his brother
  7. Luke 20:36 Greek huioi; see Preface


A reminder that the world is watching us. Spies, trying to discredit our testimony. I am thankful for the sinless example of Christ.

I like Bruce's comments. Jesus has all authority over creation. If he has all authority, He can and WILL keep His promise to bring me home to enjoy fellowship with He and the Father. I can trust in Him and gladly let him call the shots.

“ Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” My conclusion = The government is an authority over me, however, God is my King!

Not even the spies could catch him in sin. We should strive to be so faithful to Him who has called us according to His purpose.

Jesus is Lord and He has all authority. If I follow Him that is good for me knowing that I can trust Him in all things. If I foolishly go against Him it won't go well for me. If I call Him Lord I must do what He says and I should be thankful that He is calling the shots in my life.

Just like the Lord calls us to do. Preach unto the world of His unending love and that He died for our sins. And the most important He resurrected and is now on the throne and we as His church are waiting for His second coming. JesusChrist died for us sinners and that is something I am most thankful. We didnt deserve it, yet He thought about me and the world. He didnt want us to suffer, yet His mercy lets us decide whether or not we believe in Him. Words can never explain how thankful I am for His merciful heart and an unconditional love.

Like Keagan mentioned, Christ never sinned. This is good news for us today as we approach the resurrection! God sent his son Jesus to live a perfect life (he did in all areas of life including his answers to tough questions) so that by grace through faith we might live forever with him in eternity! God I pray that this message would sink into my heart. Give me courage to share this good news with friends and coworkers. Amen!

Jesus was under the greatest human scrutiny, and yet no one could find a single charge against Him. This is part of the Gospel: Christ never sinned. v36: We won’t need marriage in the resurrection; we will be complete!

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