Questions Jesus Asked #70

Mark 9:16   – (related to Question #28 – Matthew 17:14-18) –  “What are you arguing with them about?” he asked. NIV

As Jesus, Peter, James, and John get near the bottom of the mountain where the transfiguration occurred, they see a large crowd around the rest of the disciples arguing with some teachers of the laws. Jesus asks, “What are you arguing with them about?”

It turns out that they are arguing with the teachers of the law about not being able to heal a man’s son that was demon possessed. Who knows what they were saying to each other. They were probably telling each other why they had failed and that their way was a better way to deal with the situation. Whatever their argument with each other, the boy remained unhealed.  The boy’s father came up to Jesus and explained the situation. Continue reading


Questions Jesus Asked #44

Matthew 22:18 – But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me?” NIV

It is interesting how some people will figure out ways to “trap” God or Jesus in the “prison of their minds.”  This was the case with the Pharisees that Jesus had ticked off in the Temple; so they thought that they would “trap” Him with a question in which either answer could get Jesus in trouble. The plot:

Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. 16 They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are. 17 Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”  (Matthew 22:15-17 – NIV) Continue reading