Questions Jesus Asked # 84

Luke 6:39-40    (Matthew 15:14 – Jesus uses parable but not as a question) –  He also told them this parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?  40 A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.” NIV

The obvious answer to Jesus’ question is “no.”  It would be really difficult for a person who cannot see to lead another person who cannot see. This doesn’t mean that the two blind people don’t have something in common and have a good understanding of what each is facing in life.  It means that it would be difficult if not impossible for them to easily get anywhere without the danger of walking into some pitfall. Continue reading

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Questions Jesus Asked #83

Luke 6:34 –  “And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full.”  NIV

This certainly an interesting saying!  It can be taken in several different ways. When one sees the word lend, I think that it comes with the idea of receiving it back at some point. If one wasn’t expecting anything back, then why not use the word give?   In other words … if I lend to someone expecting no repayment, didn’t I just give it to them? Is that what Jesus was saying? Possibly … possibly not quite … let’s go deeper … Continue reading

Questions Jesus Asked #82

Luke 6:33 – And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that.”  NIV

This question and the ones surrounding it are questions bracketed by Jesus’ instruction:  “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, …” (Luke 6:27) and “But love your enemies, do good to them, … (Luke 6:35 – NIV).  This seems so contrary to our feelings and the way that most of the world operates.  Yet Jesus urges His followers to “love your enemies,” and He’s not just talking about a warm fuzzy feeling.  He’s talking about a love that acts … a love that does good things for people who dislike and even hate us! Why? He says that there are a couple of reasons according to Luke 6:35-36: “Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” (NIV).   Continue reading

Questions Jesus Asked #81

Luke 6:32   (see also Question #1 – Matthew 5:46) – If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them.” NIV

This passage is from Jesus’ Sermon on the Plain (level ground) recorded in Luke 6.  Its contents are similar to much of the content in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount recorded in Matthew 5-7.  While the wording is slightly different, the idea is the same.  However, it is an idea worth repeating.

If as Christ-followers we are to become transformed into the image or likeness of Jesus, then it follows that we begin to act and respond in ways that Jesus would act and respond.  One of those ways is how we treat people. God is always the initiator of love. According to John 3:16, it was God’s love that prompted Him to send Jesus to this earth to reveal His love for us in a tangible way. It was Jesus’ love that prompted Him to die on the cross for our sins. This love was given to us even before we came to follow Jesus while we were still “sinners.” (Romans 5:6-8) Continue reading

Questions Jesus Asked # 80

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

Questions Jesus Asked #79

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

Questions Jesus Asked #78

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