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<< Monday, February 12, 2001 >>
Genesis 4:1-15, 25
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Psalm 50 Mark 8:11-13
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"With a sigh from the depths of His spirit He said..." —Mark 8:12

After Jesus had twice multiplied loaves and fish, had healed countless people of many different ailments, and had delivered many from demons, the Pharisees wanted Jesus to give them a sign (Mk 8:11). The Pharisees were obviously not sincere. They were testing Jesus (Mk 8:11). Jesus refused to play their game. "He left them, got into the boat again, and went off to the other shore" (Mk 8:13).

"The chief priests and elders of the people came up to Him and said: 'On what authority are You doing these things?' " (Mt 21:23) Jesus would have answered their question if they would have answered His. However, they were more concerned with public relations than with truth (see Mt 21:25-26). As a result, Jesus refused to answer their question.

"Herod was extremely pleased to see Jesus. From the reports about Him he had wanted for a long time to see Him, and he was hoping to see Him work some miracle. He questioned Jesus at considerable length, but Jesus made no answer" (Lk 23:8-9).

Pontius Pilate knew that Jesus was a king (Jn 18:37), but he refused to testify to the truth. Pilate said: "Truth!" "What does that mean?" (Jn 18:38) Pilate "said to Jesus, 'Where do you come from?' Jesus would not give him any answer" (Jn 19:9).

Jesus is very merciful to those who seek the truth. Jesus has little to say to those who do not seek the truth. Seek the truth.

Prayer: Father, may I make any sacrifice to be a "truth-seeker."
Promise: "If you do well, you can hold up your head; but if not, sin is a demon lurking at the door: his urge is toward you, yet you can be his master." —Gn 4:7
Praise: Tom has searched for the truth through ten years of regular Bible study.
Nihil obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, August 9, 2000
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 18, 2000
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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