“Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Are you not therefore mistaken, because you do not know the Scriptures nor the power of God?’ ” Mark 12:24
It’s a common reason presented as an excuse when we make mistakes, “I didn’t know.”
Sometimes we don’t know because we weren’t told. Sometimes we were told but we weren’t paying attention or the person who told us wasn’t paying close enough attention to ensure that we were aware that communication was being attempted. Sometimes we were told, and we heard but then we misunderstood what we were told so the effect was the same as if we’d never been told.
I could go on citing scenarios but I think you probably get what I’m saying; there are a lot of ways that a person can “not know” something.
In our focus text Jesus makes it’s very clear that the opportunity to know was available to the Sadducees. They had the scriptures and the power of God was continually present in their lives.
In the case of knowing scripture; it wasn’t that they weren’t studying it. The problem was that they were substituting their own meaning for the meaning God had intended. This is so easy to do if we’re not careful, when we study, to see all that God is saying and only what God saying. A good way to ensure that this happens is to clearly define what we think a passage of scripture means and then to ask ourselves: “Does the wording of this passage really support what I think?” and “Is my understanding of this passage too limited?”
But scripture wasn’t the only thing of which the Sadducees were ignorant. Jesus said they were also ignorant of the power of God.
Friends, everyday day is filled with needs and everyday God is present in your life to help you deal with those needs. Our Heavenly Father is active and available for you to reach out to and know intimately. In your own life you can know the power of God. God wants you to know him so well that to deny him and his power is to deny not just the truth of his word but also the reality of your own life experience.
Let’s not continue to do what the Sadducees were doing. Let’s study our Bibles and take advantage of every opportunity to experience the power of God.