Read Matthew 21:23-32.
Devotion by: Thomas Coffey
Teaching in the Temple
This passage tells two stories which are seemingly unrelated but are two sides of the same coin. In the first, the leading priests and elders question Jesus' authority. Blinded by their authority, they set a trap for Him. Either answer would question His authority and could even lead to His death. Jesus doubles down, however, setting His own trap for the men. They are revealed to be foolish and power-hungry.
In the second story, the first boy represents sinners who not only change their mind but what they care about. He said, “No” to God as we all have but he came back to Him. The second boy represents people who talk with authority for its own sake. They may mean well, but the ultimate authority is God.
Heavenly Father, keep our hearts and minds focused on Your loving ways. When we wander from You, gather us closer to You. Remind us of what is important. Help us change what we care about when we get lost in this world. You are the ultimate authority. Jesus taught this to us through His words and deeds. All of this we ask You and praise You in His holy name, Amen.