On several occasions in interacting with the hostile chief priests, scribes, elders, Pharisees, or Sadducees, Jesus countered them with this question: “Have you not read…?” or “Have you never read…?” (Matthew 12:3, 5; 19:4; 21:16, 42; 22:31).
In each case He referred them to a specific teaching in their Scriptures (the Old Testament).
From this we may conclude….
Jesus placed tremendous importance on the Scriptures as the authoritative word of God.
Jesus expected people to be familiar with the Scriptures.
He demonstrated that religious error should be challenged by the Scriptures.
Why would it be any different today?
“Have you not read…?”
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/
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