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Jesus Rebukes the Jewish Religious Leaders

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Jesus had occasion to confront and argue with the religious leaders of the Jews many times during his ministry. These were formidable people who wielded considerable power over the people; their rule was more constrictive than even the yoke of Roman rule, and so, dealing with Jesus was a challenge for them, as he was not afraid to confront them. They oftentimes looked diligently for a reason to arrest Jesus for his deliberate flaunting of their rules. They were also learned and clever; but when Jesus did have occasion to take them on in either a battle of wits, or a battle of intellectual powers, these exalted rulers were often left licking their wounds...

 

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