Questions Jesus Asked #89

Luke 10:36-37 – “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

      The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

      Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”  NIV

Jesus concludes the Parable of the Good Samaritan with this question. He told the parable in response to an expert in the Law’s question, “And who is my neighbor?”  Jesus didn’t directly answer the man’s question, but asked him to draw his own conclusion from the parable.  I think that sometimes Jesus asks us to draw our own conclusions from what is written and how it is acted out in life.  Many times the answer is surprising to us as it appears to be surprising to this expert in the Law.  Jesus had just related a story in which the hero was a Samaritan.  Most devout Jews despised Samaritans for a variety of reasons including their mixed ethnicity, their separation from the Davidic Kingdom, their acceptance of only the Torah as Scripture, and their mixture of pagan elements into worship of Yahweh. Continue reading


Questions Jesus Asked # 88

Luke 10:25-29 – On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

     26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

    27 He answered: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”

     28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

     29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” NIV

Quite often Jesus answered a question with a question because He knew that people’s questions often come with a preferred answer. It’s like your spouse asking, “Does this outfit look good on me?” Continue reading

Questions Jesus Asked #87

Luke 7:44 – Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.”   NIV

This question is a continuation of Jesus’ dialog with Simon the Pharisee after Simon was visibly upset (offended) that a woman of questionable reputation came into his dining room and washed Jesus’ feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. He seemed offended not only at the woman but at Jesus for allowing her to do such a risqué thing in his house. With the previous question and the follow up story, Jesus attempts to open Simon eyes to the woman’s motive for her actions.  Her motivation seems to be gratitude for God’s forgiveness and mercy.  One might assume that after hearing Jesus, she had made a life changing decision to follow Him and accept God’s love, mercy, and salvation. She was grateful. Continue reading

Questions Jesus Asked #86

Luke 7:39-43 – When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is — that she is a sinner.”

            40 Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”

            “Tell me, teacher,” he said.

            41 “Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 42 Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

            43 Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.”

            “You have judged correctly,” Jesus said. NIV

The occasion for this conversation between Jesus and a Pharisee named Simon was an incident that happened while Jesus was eating dinner at Simon’s house recorded in Luke 7:36-50.  Jesus and his disciples went to Simon’s house and reclined at his table … meaning that they were eating in the customary position of lying (probably on pillows) on their sides with their feet behind them.  A woman who had lived a sinful life in that town came up to Jesus’ feet and washed them with her tears, dried them with her hair, and anointed them with expensive perfume. It was a great display of gratitude, however considered very risqué by Simon when he considered who it was that Jesus let touch Him.  Simon thought that Jesus must not be a prophet or a man of God or He would know the sinfulness and reputation of this woman. Continue reading

Questions Jesus Asked #85

Luke 6:46  (see Matt 7:21-23; 24-27 house on rock,  for commentary, John 13:13-17) –            “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”  NIV

Jesus concludes this Sermon on the Plain in the same manner that He concluded the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7 … with the parable of the wise and foolish home-builders, comparing them to those who obeyed His teaching and those who did not.  In the Sermon on the Plain, He comes right out and asks the question, Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”  This is a question that He asks to each of us who claim to follow Him. Continue reading

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

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