28-29. And it came to pass, when Jesus had
ended these sayings, the people were astonished at His teaching: for He taught
them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. It was not the rulers
who were astonished: how could that be when they viewed Him with spite? Rather
it was the guileless multitude that was astonished. They did not marvel at His
turns of phrase, but at His straightforward speech, and that He showed
authority beyond that of the prophets. The prophets said, "Thus saith the
Lord," but Christ spoke as God, "I say to you."