Vs 3 (Jesus said) … If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it …”
Vs 5 And some of those standing there said to (the disciples), “What are you doing…?”
Vs 6 And (the disciples) told them what Jesus had said …
Vs 27 As (Jesus) was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to him,
Vs 28 and they said to him, “By what authority are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority to do them?”
Vs 33 And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”


Jesus gives guidance of how to respond when people ask questions of the disciples about what they are doing. Let the questioner know that the Lord needs them to do it. When Jesus, Himself, is later asked a question by the religious leaders, however, He does not provide an answer to their question.


Jesus gave many examples of how to respond in various situations. I, as a Christian, should then try to live out His examples … I must be Christ-like.

Why, in Mark 11, does Jesus seemingly act different from how He tells the disciples to act?

Jesus tells us to give a clear answer when people ask why we are doing what we are doing. Jesus, Himself, though, denies an answer to the religious leaders when they ask a question to Jesus.

This different response must be about the questioner, not the question. Jesus knew the people would ask questions.

Jesus also knows the hearts of the questioner.

Jesus is not opposed to questions. He was asked and answered them all the time. But He often redirected His answer or responded with a redirected question to get to the heart of the matter.

The townspeople wanted to know “Why?” …

But the townspeople also had to be satisfied with the authority of the answer … “Because the Lord …”

God is OK with my “Why” questions if I keep Him in the seat of authority … Jesus is Lord. This is how I show I have faith … This is lived faith …

“Why?” … “Because the Lord …”

The religious leaders, on the other hand, question the authority of Jesus. … They question his “Lordship”. Jesus is not OK with this. When I find myself questioning God, I need to question my own heart and mind first.

Am I questioning why God is doing something or am I questioning who God is? “Why are you doing this God?” vs “Who do you think you are God?”

What’s more is … only one posture leads to obedience. The disciples did “what Jesus had said”. When I maintain Jesus as Lord … in other words, when I trust who Jesus is … I will comply even if I don’t understand the “why”.

When I question the Lordship of Jesus, I will make myself the authority … I will make myself lord.


Thank you God for your word. Help me to see you and obey you as Lord Help me trust who you are always When I am asked why I am doing something, Help me to communicate you in it In Jesus name, Amen