Luke 6:9 – (see also Question #16 – Matthew 12:11-12, Mark 3:4, Luke 14:3) – Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy it?” NIV
The account of Jesus healing the man with the “withered hand” in a synagogue on the Sabbath is in other Gospels. It was dealt with in Question #16 (Matthew 12:11-12); however Matthew has some men who wanted to catch Jesus breaking the Sabbath asking Jesus the question. In Mark 3:4 and Luke 6:9, the writers have Jesus (knowing what they were thinking) bringing the man up in front of the synagogue and asking those present the question. Continue reading
Luke 5:33-34 (see Matthew 9:15 – Question #11) – They said to him, “John’s disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking.”
34 Jesus answered, “Can you make the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? 35 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; in those days they will fast.” NIV
The people asking Jesus questions were “the Pharisees and teachers of the Law.” This question to Jesus follows some conversation with Jesus’ disciples after he went in to Levi (or Matthew) the tax collector’s house to socialize with some of Matthew’s friends. This was Matthew’s retirement party. Jesus had invited Levi (Matthew) to follow Him, and he did! It was a time for celebrating and sharing Matthew’s story and Jesus’ invitation. But some people weren’t happy about the situation. Continue reading
Luke 5:22 – Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts?” (similar to Question #9 – Matt. 9:4)
Jesus asked this question to a group of Pharisees and teachers of the law, who got upset when He told a paralyzed man that his sins were forgiven before He healed him. Question #9 deals with that situation. Matthew used the phrase “evil thoughts.” Luke words the question slightly differently.
We can think all sorts of things in our hearts… some things that we never verbalize to anyone for a variety of reasons. They may be fearful things, lustful things, prideful things, angry/bitter things, shameful things, etc. You get the picture. These things that we are hiding in our hearts may be crippling our spiritual or emotional life … our relationships with God and with other people. Other people may not know what we’re hiding but Jesus does. He can see into our heart. He wants to help transform those thoughts with the help of the Holy Spirit. Continue reading
NOTE: After a several month break in posting “Questions Jesus Asked,” I am starting up again devotionally considering questions from Luke’s Gospel that weren’t included or were worded differently in Matthew’s and Mark’s Gospels. I hope to share my thoughts with you once or twice a week.
Luke 2:49-50 – “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them. NIV
Twelve year old Jesus addressed these questions to his parents in connection with a trip that involved traveling with other families from Nazareth to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. Luke shares this account of the events leading up to Jesus’ questions: Continue reading
Mark 12:24 – similar to Question #45 – Matthew 22:31-32 – Jesus replied, “Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?” NIV
This question is similar to the last question because in Matthew’s Gospel (Matt. 22:29). It was recorded as a statement, and Mark records it as a rhetorical question. I did deal with Jesus’ follow-up question #45 (Matt. 22-31-32). But this is a great question for all of us to ask ourselves.
Many times we find ourselves making mistakes or missing opportunities because we do not know what the Scriptures say about something and /or we underestimate the power (and possibly the love) of God. We neglect the guidance given to us in the Scriptures because we are not regularly reading, studying, and meditating on them. Then we expect God to give us some special guidance in our situation when He has already done so in the Bible. Because He is gracious, merciful, and loving; He sometimes gives us that guidance; but I think that as the Holy Spirit, He would rather bring it to our recall from His Word. Continue reading
Mark 11:15-17 – On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. 17 And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written:” ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.'” NIV
This incident of Jesus cleansing the Temple after the Triumphal Entry is also recorded in Matthew 21; but in Matthew’s Gospel Jesus states that “it is written.” In Mark’s Gospel it is asked as a rhetorical question “Is it not written,” with a quotation from Isaiah 56:7 where Yahweh is speaking that “my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations?”
We are dealing here with the primary purpose of the Temple. It was a place to approach God to be able to express needs and hear from Him. The Temple sacrificial system was designed that through the substitutionary sacrifice of an unblemished animal atone for the sins of the worshiper and allow him/her to approach Yahweh in a forgiven state. After offering sacrifice, the worshiper could then approach closer to the Holy of Holies which represented the Presence of Yahweh. Continue reading
Mark 9:50 – see Matthew 5:13 (I missed it in Matthew) – “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.” NIV
Jesus initially used this question in the Sermon on the Mount after He had told His listeners that they were “the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13). Here in Mark’s Gospel He asks the same question but with a slightly different emphasis. Salt is a common necessary commodity that we take for granted in our day, but it was just as necessary but not quite as common in Jesus’ day. Salt was used to flavor and preserve food and as a healing and sterilizing agent. It influenced what it touched in a positive way, unless it was too contaminated with other ingredients to do its job. Continue reading