For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
We have lately learned among the laws of solar light which have been revealed to us — for science also has its late and lagging revelations — the astonishing fact, that beyond the atmosphere of our world, as of all other worlds, all is blackness and darkness, even till the eye again reaches the airy envelopes of other worlds, and catches the bright particular stars which are the sources, direct or mediate, of the rays that play upon its tiny pupil. And so we find it to be round all the circle of science, round every world of knowledge there is also a darkness which no knowledge can penetrate. We live and move and have our being upon the edge of a ring of precipitous and abysmal darkness. But, as we have seen to be the case in the fiery- citadels of heaven, so we Christians believe it to be in the moral world; that, dark as its surroundings are -in respect of the origin and workings of evil, and all the problems that hang about this inquiry, there abides above and beyond all a Paternal source of Light. "God is a central and Personal Sun, Who gives light to all, and borrows none from any, and in Whom," as Jesus shows Him to us, "is no darkness at all." In that light Jesus dwells, "having no part dark," and from that light He speaks to us, and teaches with an authority which is unique.
(U. P. Philpot, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
WEB: for he taught them with authority, and not like the scribes.