Matthew 7:28-29 (KJV)
And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
The passage appears to belittle the scribes for preaching with little authority. Perhaps that is too strong an interpretation. Jesus taught as one having authority because He did have authority. If the scribes had attempted the same, it would have been wrong of them. They didn’t have any. Their function was the publication and explanation of the Scriptures. To remain there would be to their credit. To stray from there would be to their shame.
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Matthew 7:28-29 He Has Authority
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