Monday, February 03, 2014

Mon Feb 3rd Todays News

Another outstanding decision by the Abbott government is being opposed by many. Seventy Million Dollars has been allocated towards giving public schools more independence in decision making. South Australia has not signed on yet because of an impending election campaign. News limited has reported that the outstanding decision is controversial and will be opposed by unions. It was important that the unionists were told that, or they might not have known. One might have thought that it is in union interests that their members do a good job and inspire children to achieve much. 
The paper writes
 The plan, which aims to get 25 per cent - or about 1500 - of government schools on board nationally over the next three years, will give principals more control over key areas such as staffing and budgets and reduce the power of teacher unions.
Precisely why the union powers are reduced from effective changes is not explained. Is it because unions control who works at the moment? Is it because unions decide how money is spent at the moment? If that is true it is outrageous, and must stop immediately. I want money to be spent on an excellent education for children, not on mindless power plays by unions. Which are the educational services that unions are diverting funding from? Why doesn't the paper tell us? 

I have been illegally prevented from finding work in my profession for several years. Is it the unions behind that? If so, it would be a kindness for them to tell me why, and allow me, if I've offended them, to make amends. Natural justice suggests I should be allowed to exact compensation if they have not acted justly regarding my search for employment. It is nice, for all, that adults are running the shop. As Bolt mentioned today, one who does not show their love for family may be suspected when they claim to love all. 
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Hatches
Happy birthday and many happy returns Barry Ngo and Josh Sweeney. Born on the same day, across the years, along with
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GOBLET OF FIRE

Tim Blair – Monday, February 03, 2014 (3:51pm)

Former public servant Michael Mazengarb finds a way to cope after quitting Canberra’s climate bureaucracy: 
The new government despises the policies I worked to implement. They have been in power for a little under five months and literally no piece of renewable energy or climate change policy has been left untouched, replaced by tokenistic policies no one in the industry expects will achieve anything other than to provide an easy ticket to industry and the incumbent fossil-fuelled power stations.
The reason this is problematic is the impacts of climate change necessitate government action. Those who are worst impacted by climate change are both least equipped to respond to it and the least responsible for its cause. The impacts of climate change effectively act as a regressive tax imposed by the planet on our severe dependency on fossil fuels.
But Harry Potter provides guidance. 
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HOT ABC HIT

Tim Blair – Monday, February 03, 2014 (6:30am)

The ABC’s propaganda war against the Royal Australian Navy is a shameful waste of public funds in pursuit of a dishonest and destructive agenda.
But let’s look on the bright side. It’s also the funniest ABC production for decades.

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DON’T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT Q & A

Tim Blair – Monday, February 03, 2014 (6:11am)

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service CEO Mike Pezzullo – earlier seen coping with Sea Patrol Sarah – delivers the quote of the year:

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PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN

Tim Blair – Monday, February 03, 2014 (6:09am)

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been found dead of a drug overdose in New York.
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SENATOR SARAH SEA-PATROL

Tim Blair – Monday, February 03, 2014 (5:57am)

We’ve all had our moments of embarrassed conflusterment. Mine generally occur when I’m stopped for speeding.

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ASPIRATE FOR ADELAIDE

Tim Blair – Monday, February 03, 2014 (5:52am)

Adelaide’s new tourism campaign encourages people to breathe. Not easy when you’re in a barrel:

Note also the soundtrack: INXS’s Never Tear Us Apart.
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SHE’S WORKED US OUT

Tim Blair – Monday, February 03, 2014 (5:48am)

The Guardian‘s Katharine Murphy has a feeling: 
I have a feeling the prime minister didn’t really want a fight with the ABC, but he’s under increasing pressure from inside his partyroom and from News Corp (which wants the ABC out of digital publishing and out of international broadcasting) and from the rightwing culture warriors to Do Something becausethey miss the cold war. 
You’re right, Katharine. This is nothing at all to do with garbage journalism, smearing Australian servicemen, obscene bias and an annual disgraceful waste of taxpayers’ money, and everything to do with a global ideological conflict that ended two decades ago. And here’s something else about the cold war, Katherine: we won.
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WHAT IS THE SADDEST THING?

Tim Blair – Monday, February 03, 2014 (5:44am)

Maybe it’s this. Maybe it’s this. Maybe it’s this. Or maybe it’s this, from our friends at the Global Mail.
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WING IT

Tim Blair – Monday, February 03, 2014 (12:26am)

Here’s your traditional Super Bowl Buffalo wing recipe, courtesy of Roger B. By the way, Seahawks to win.
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People smuggler admits what Labor and its allies wouldn’t

Andrew Bolt February 03 2014 (3:36pm)

What astonishes me is that so many Labor MPs, Greens and journalists claimed this wouldn’t work:
A convicted people smuggler believes the Abbott government’s hard-line policy of turning back the boats is working as a deterrent for both people smugglers and those seeking passage by boat to Australia.
Dawood Amiri spoke to Fairfax Radio’s Neil Mitchell by phone from his jail cell in an Indonesian prison ... said people smugglers and their clients were being put off by the prospect of being turned back at sea by the Royal Australian Navy.

Asked if he believed the Abbott government’s controversial policy of “turning back the boats” would work, Amiri replied: ”Of course it will work, it is working...” 
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Mark Scott’s lousy defence

Andrew Bolt February 03 2014 (11:37am)

Media

ABC managing director Mark Scott offers this ludicrous defence of his oversight of the ABC’s extraordinary bias:

I am fully committed to the role and I operate with the strong support of the ABC board and our staff... The only places where I hear voices that I should move away come from News Corporation editors, but there is a proud tradition of that.
Could there be a more explicit admission of staff capture? If the ABC collective approves of the boss he must be doing the right thing?
And why wouldn’t they approve of Scott? A biased ABC would indeed support a boss who not only allows that bias but refuses to publicly admit it even exists.
But Scott most gives himself away by falsely invoking the Murdoch bogeyman. The unease at his refusal to make the ABC follow its charter obligation to offer a diversity of voices is felt by far more people than a dozen or so “News Corporation editors”.. Scott should talk to Liberal MPs, Liberal Party members, prominent conservatives and members of conservative think tanks.
The ABC is out of control and its boss simply attacks its critics.
UPDATE
Maybe Scott will hear the criticism instead from Paul Sheehan, actually of Fairfax’s Sydney Morning Herald:
But the ABC has been worse than dull. It chose to knowingly damage Australia’s relationship with Indonesia by publishing Edward Snowden’s leaks of Australian spying in Indonesia. It then chose to knowingly damage Australia’s reputation in Asia by running for an entire week with accusations of torture by Australian navy personnel, despite not having a shred of corroborating evidence, and despite a super-abundant pattern of false claims made by asylum seekers who have destroyed documents, scuttled ships and claimed abuse…
The problem with the ABC over the asylum-seeker issue runs far deeper than bias.
The ABC has been unhinged by the issue. It is obsessional. It is not the content of stories and comment which is the main problem, but the sheer scale of its coverage. This brings into question the judgment of the news and current affairs division, and its self-perpetuating, cultural proclivities at the most basic, granular and reflexive level.
An ABC boss who can’t see this problem becomes the problem.
UPDATE
The ABC’s bias is more likely to drive a Liberal to ring the boss to complain:
JOE Hockey has revealed he personally phoned the ABC’s managing director to express outrage about what he saw as bias by the public broadcaster…
The phone calls were made before and after the Coalition came to power in September…
“There have been moments when I have rung Mark Scott to say ‘this is outrageous.’’
In a way, this is another reason to fear such a massive state media. What if some future government didn’t just ring to complain but to order?  
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Usual suspect not arrested

Andrew Bolt February 03 2014 (8:13am)

Note the one startling thing about this report:
Starfish have been mysteriously dying by the millions in recent months along the US west coast, worrying biologists who say the sea creatures are key to the marine ecosystem.
Yes, not once is global warming mentioned as a suspect. The intellectual climate is changing. 
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Why does the Human Rights Commission get stroppy only when the boats are stopped and lives saved?

Andrew Bolt February 03 2014 (8:02am)

When the Howard Government was struggling to stop the boats and empty the detention centres the Human Rights Commission announced an inquiry into children in detention.
When Labor Governments for six years filled to overflowing the detention centres the Howard Government had emptied, the Human Rights Commission held no inquiry at all into children in detention - then at record numbers.
Now that the Abbott Government is again stopping the boats and emptying the detention centres, the Human Rights Commission once more moves in:
On 3 February 2014 the President of the Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs, launched an inquiry into children in closed immigration detention… The inquiry will investigate what has changed in the ten years since the Commission released A last resort? the report of the National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention in 2004.
It seems the Human Rights Commission is never more active than when a conservative government is actually stopping the boats bringing the children. And never more quiet than when a Labor Government is luring them over, including dozens to their deaths. 
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No one hates here like the Left, and it’s dangerous

Andrew Bolt February 03 2014 (7:27am)

How the Left hates

The Left like to scream about the thuggish Right, yet so often the worst threats are made against conservatives:
PREMIER Campbell Newman and his wife Lisa have been targeted with a sickening Facebook threat to “slit their throats’’.
Police swooped on a Caboolture home on Friday and arrested a 26-year-old man over the threat, made through a fake Facebook account.
The demonising of Newman has been a disgrace. Likewise the savage rhetoric against Tony Abbott and his family from the Left, much of it too disturbing to repeat here. 
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The curious case of the ABC’s selective scepticism

Andrew Bolt February 03 2014 (7:00am)

Media
ABC presenter Barrie Cassidy says it’s not the job of the ABC to be sceptical:
SAVVA: I think they should have shown a bit more scepticism about the allegations [by Somali boat people of torture by our Navy].
Cassidy: It’s not for the ABC to be sceptical or make a judgment in this sense.
Yet former ABC host David Marr once insisted it was indeed the job of such media organisations to be sceptical, and only the Left could do it:
The natural culture of journalism is a kind of vaguely soft left inquiry, sceptical of authority. I mean, that’s just the world out of which journalists come.  If they don’t come out of this world, they really can’t be reporters.  I mean, if you are not sceptical of authority – find another job.  You know, just find another job.

How to resolve this seeming contradiction? Well, by being sceptical of conservative authorities but not of Leftist causes.
So the ABC is not sceptical of warmist authorities or the warmist faith, as the ABC’s Audience and Consumer Affairs branch explains:

Given the overwhelming majority of the world’s scientists agree that AGW is real and needs to be addressed and the overwhelming majority of the world’s government’s and the UN acknowledge the reality of AGW and the need to address it, the ABC pursues a balance that follows the weight of evidence on this issue.  The ABC’s coverage of this issue has well and truly moved on from the debate as to whether or not AGW is real.
Likewise, the ABC refused to be sceptical about Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard:

For instance, here’s part of one ABC letter to a viewer: 
Reporting that the prime minister of the nation is under police investigation is an enormously significant call to make. It cannot be made on supposition, on rumour, or on hearsay…
According to The Australian they’ve been collecting files but you would expect any police investigation to gather up this sort of primary documentation. That does not mean Ms Gillard is under investigation. For all we know, the investigation could be into Ralph Blewitt, or Bruce Wilson or Slater & Gordon or any number of other individuals and entities.
Here’s another:

The ABC is aware of these statements but we do not at this stage believe it warrants the attention of our news coverage.
To the extent that it may touch tangentially on a former role of the Prime Minister, we know The Australian newspaper maintains an abiding interest in events 17 years ago at the law firm Slater & Gordon, but the ABC is unaware of any allegation in the public domain which goes to the Prime Minister’s integrity.
But the ABC was very sceptical of Gillard’s media accusers - more sceptical that it’s been of Somali boat people:
ABC presenter Jon Faine dismissed the scandal as “just an obsession for those who work for Rupert Murdoch” and was so hostile to Smith and Baker that the ABC reprimanded him.
So it’s a funny thing about the ABC’s scepticism. The ABC seems most sceptical of claims against Leftist causes and heroes, and least sceptical of claims against conservatives.
Now why would that be...?
UPDATE
Barrie Cassidy:

It’s not for the ABC to be sceptical or make a judgment in this sense.
But reader Ken remembers:

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Not a great time for Shorten to seem soft on bad unions

Andrew Bolt February 03 2014 (6:32am)

Not a terrific time for Labor to be led by a former union boss, backed into his job against the wishes of 60 per cent of Labor members:

A Fairfax ReachTEL opinion poll found 52.5 per cent of respondents agreed Labor should ‘’distance itself from the union movement’’ - twice as many as those who backed the status quo.
All the more reason for Bill Shorten to call off Labor’s opposition to a royal commission into union corruption - including the scandal involving his own Australian Workers Union.
And this related point could become a serious fault line within Labor:
But the latest scandal has revived discussion of democratic reforms within Labor, with some wondering whether Mr Shorten will take on union power in favour of the rank-and-file membership.
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It’s not the taxpayers’ job to pay for union featherbedding

Andrew Bolt February 03 2014 (6:23am)

Judith Sloan says the Prime Minister was absolutely right to tell SPC Ardmona to fix its staff costs before coming for a handout:
I’D never heard of a bright can allowance - but that’s what some of the workers at SPC Ardmona get, according to their 2012 enterprise agreement. Then there is the wet place allowance and the cold allowance and the container allowance and the allowance for holding a first aid certificate.
And then there is the redundancy payment of up to 104 weeks’ wages… And then there are the 20 days of unused sick leave that can be cashed out by retrenched workers, specified in the agreement - contrary to the information put out by the ABC’s Barrie Cassidy on yesterday’s Insiders program.
Then there are overtime payments .... and rostered days off - a condition imported from the construction industry…
Let’s face it, SPC Ardmona is a union shop....
There are eight union representatives who are entitled to five days of paid leave each to attend trade union training annually.
... the union’s footprint is imposed on every aspect of the day-to-day running of the operation.
And they wanted taxpayers to subsidise this? 
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How the ABC campaigned to stop Abbott

Andrew Bolt February 03 2014 (6:19am)

Boat people policy

YOU’D think the ABC would cheer. In six weeks, not one boat of “asylum seekers” has turned up and not one boat person drowned.
Not in six years - since Labor scrapped our tough border laws and lured more than 1000 boat people to their deaths - has there been such a pause. Think what this means. Lives have been saved. Hundreds of millions of dollars won’t be wasted. Real refugees won’t be pushed out of the queues here by fakes.
Yet here is what’s so damning of the ABC, which takes $1.2 billion a year from taxpayers under an agreement not to be biased.
(Read full article here.) 
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What kind of foolish ABC reporter assumes the very worst of this country?

Andrew Bolt February 03 2014 (6:13am)

TONY Abbott said no more than was natural - that he’d like ABC reporters to have “some basic affection for the home team” and “not leap to be critical” of their country.
In fact, the only thing astonishing about the Prime Minister’s appeal last week for the respect Australia deserved was how savagely it was misrepresented and mocked.
ABC host Jon Faine compared it to President Vladimir Putin’s muzzling of Russia’s media.
Former ABC managing director David Hill, once a Labor candidate, called it “laughable” and “dangerous”, falsely claiming Abbott was telling the ABC to “censor and withhold information”.
Even Abbott’s own Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull refused to defend Abbott’s comments, assuring the ABC “there is nothing in (its charter) that says that it should be nationalistic”.
But Abbott wasn’t just making the conservative point that Edmund Burke so famously expressed two centuries ago: “To love the little platoon we belong to in society, is the first principle (the germ as it were) of public affections.” That a man who doesn’t love his own family is hardly to be trusted when he says he loves mankind.
(Read full article here.) 
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February 3Setsubun in Japan; Four Chaplains' Day in the United States
Wreckage of the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper
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However, as it is written:

"What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived"--
the things God has prepared for those who love him...
 - 1 Corinthians 2:9

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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon
February 2: Morning
"Without the shedding of blood is no remission." - Hebrews 9:22
This is the voice of unalterable truth. In none of the Jewish ceremonies were sins, even typically, removed without blood-shedding. In no case, by no means can sin be pardoned without atonement. It is clear, then, that there is no hope for me out of Christ; for there is no other blood-shedding which is worth a thought as an atonement for sin. Am I, then, believing in him? Is the blood of his atonement truly applied to my soul? All men are on a level as to their need of him. If we be never so moral, generous, amiable, or patriotic, the rule will not be altered to make an exception for us. Sin will yield to nothing less potent than the blood of him whom God hath set forth as a propitiation. What a blessing that there is the one way of pardon! Why should we seek another?

Persons of merely formal religion cannot understand how we can rejoice that all our sins are forgiven us for Christ's sake. Their works, and prayers, and ceremonies, give them very poor comfort; and well may they be uneasy, for they are neglecting the one great salvation, and endeavouring to get remission without blood. My soul, sit down, and behold the justice of God as bound to punish sin; see that punishment all executed upon thy Lord Jesus, and fall down in humble joy, and kiss the dear feet of him whose blood has made atonement for thee. It is in vain when conscience is aroused to fly to feelings and evidences for comfort: this is a habit which we learned in the Egypt of our legal bondage. The only restorative for a guilty conscience is a sight of Jesus suffering on the cross. "The blood is the life thereof," says the Levitical law, and let us rest assured that it is the life of faith and joy and every other holy grace.

"Oh! how sweet to view the flowing
Of my Saviour's precious blood;
With divine assurance knowing
He has made my peace with God."
Evening
"And these are ancient things." - 1 Chronicles 4:22
Yet not so ancient as those precious things which are the delight of our souls. Let us for a moment recount them, telling them over as misers count their gold. The sovereign choice of the Father, by which he elected us unto eternal life, or ever the earth was, is a matter of vast antiquity, since no date can be conceived for it by the mind of man. We were chosen from before the foundations of the world. Everlasting love went with the choice, for it was not a bare act of divine will by which we were set apart, but the divine affections were concerned. The Father loved us in and from the beginning. Here is a theme for daily contemplation. The eternal purpose to redeem us from our foreseen ruin, to cleanse and sanctify us, and at last to glorify us, was of infinite antiquity, and runs side by side with immutable love and absolute sovereignty. The covenant is always described as being everlasting, and Jesus, the second party in it, had his goings forth of old; he struck hands in sacred suretyship long ere the first of the stars began to shine, and it was in him that the elect were ordained unto eternal life. Thus in the divine purpose a most blessed covenant union was established between the Son of God and his elect people, which will remain as the foundation of their safety when time shall be no more. Is it not well to be conversant with these ancient things? Is it not shameful that they should be so much neglected and even rejected by the bulk of professors? If they knew more of their own sin, would they not be more ready to adore distinguishing grace? Let us both admire and adore tonight, as we sing--

"A monument of grace,
A sinner saved by blood;
The streams of love I trace
Up to the Fountain, God;
And in his sacred bosom see
Eternal thoughts of Love to me."
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Elisha 
[Ĕlī'shă] - god is saviour.
The son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah, of the tribe of Issachar, the companion and successor of Elijah (1 Kings 19:16-192 Kings 2-13).
The Man Who Was a Model Leader
There is a striking difference between Elijah and Elisha, both of whom labored in the Northern Kingdom. Elijah's name means, Jehovah my God and suggests the Law while Elisha's name speaks of grace - Jehovah my Saviour.
Elisha left a peaceful occupation to become a model spiritual leader. Elijah prepared Elisha for his commission (2 Kings 2:1-14), and the two became devoted to each other. Elisha's character is marked by mercy (2 Kings 2:21), disinterestedness (2 Kings 5) and toleration (2 Kings 5:19). He earned a wonderful posthumous influence (2 Kings 13:20, 21 ). What a victorious death was his (2 Kings 13:14-19)! Summarizing the life of this prophet who spoke with the authority of an oracle of God (2 Kings 3:16, 17), we see him etched as:
A man of indomitable faith (1 Kings 19:20-212 Kings 1-18).
A man of swift action (2 Kings 2:12-18).
A man of spiritual power (2 Kings 2:19-22).
A man of dauntless courage (2 Kings 3).
A man of deep sympathy (2 Kings 4:1-7).
A man of God (2 Kings 4:8-37).
A man of willing help (2 Kings 4:38-41).
A man who merited blessing (2 Kings 4:42-44).
A man of clear understanding (2 Kings 5:1-19).
A man of force and might (2 Kings 6:1-7).
A man who knew secrets (2 Kings 6:8-23).
A man of remarkable foresight (2 Kings 6:24-33; 7).
A man of unerring counsel (2 Kings 8:1-6).
A man of tears and sorrow (2 Kings 8:7-15).
Elisha suggests the ministry of Christ. On the whole, Elijah's work was destructive - he was the prophet of fire. Elisha's task was more merciful and beneficial. He had double the power of Elijah (2 Kings 2:8-9, 15), and consequently performed twice as many miracles as his former master. The following contrasts between these two prophets can be noted:
Elijah was a prophet of the wilderness; Elisha was a prince of the court.
Elijah had no settled home; Elisha enjoyed the peace of a home.
Elijah was known by his long hair and shaggy mantle; Elisha by his staff and bald head.
Elijah was mainly prophetical; Elisha's work was mainly miraculous.
Elijah's ministry was one of stern denunciation; Elisha's task was that of teaching and winning.
Elijah was a rebuker of kings; Elisha was a friend and admirer.
Elijah was a messenger of vengeance; Elisha was a messenger of mercy.
Elijah represented exclusiveness; Elisha stood for comprehension.
Elijah was fierce, fiery, energetic; Elisha was gentle, sympathetic, simple.
Elijah was a solitary figure; Elisha was more social.
Elijah had an extraordinary disappearance from earth; Elisha's death was ordinary.
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Today's reading: Exodus 29-30, Matthew 21:23-46 (NIV)

View today's reading on Bible Gateway

Today's Old Testament reading: Exodus 29-30

Consecration of the Priests
1 "This is what you are to do to consecrate them, so they may serve me as priests: Take a young bull and two rams without defect. 2 And from the finest wheat flour make round loaves without yeast, thick loaves without yeast and with olive oil mixed in, and thin loaves without yeast and brushed with olive oil. 3 Put them in a basket and present them along with the bull and the two rams. 4 Then bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the tent of meeting and wash them with water....

Today's New Testament reading: Matthew 21:23-46

The Authority of Jesus Questioned
23 Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. "By what authority are you doing these things?" they asked. "And who gave you this authority?"
24 Jesus replied, "I will also ask you one question. If you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 25 John's baptism--where did it come from? Was it from heaven, or of human origin?"


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