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
Mark 4:13 – (similar to Question #19) – Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable?” NIV
I have finished Matthew’s Gospel and covered all except one question of which I know that Jesus asked. I found that question as I was going through Mark and looking for questions that Jesus asked … not wanting to repeat the ones that He asked in Matthew’s Gospel. I’ll deal with that question in Mark’s Gospel. Since Matthew and Mark contain many of the same accounts, there will be significantly fewer questions in Mark’s Gospel.
Evidently, Jesus asked many similar questions to the one above to His disciples because He wanted to see if they were getting what He was saying. This question is similar to Question #19, but Jesus asked it in conjunction with a parable not recorded in Matthew’s Gospel but only in Mark and Luke’s Gospels. It is about a farmer who went out to sow seed and it fell in various places: along the path, in rocky soil, among weeds, and on good soil (Mark 4:3-8). Evidently, Jesus perceived that His closest followers didn’t get everything that He was saying; so He sat them down and asked these questions. Continue reading
Matthew 13:51 – “Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked.
“Yes,” they replied. NIV
No one wants to look stupid! The temptation to answer “Yes” to Jesus’ question even if one doesn’t understand is great! Some of us have been led to believe the lie that asking questions means we’re stupid! It may show that we don’t totally grasp all the details of something or even that we’re clueless; but it doesn’t mean that we are stupid…just uninformed. The best way to be informed is to ask questions.
I began to learn this lesson in high school. I went to a fairly large high school in Scottsdale, Arizona with over 500 in our class. Over the years, I had several classes with Marilyn who would eventually be the class valedictorian. There would be times when our teachers would ask, “Do you understand?” Most of us would nod our heads or answer in the affirmative because we were just glad to finish the lesson. However, Marilyn usually raised her hand and asked a question. Sometimes I knew the answer and sometimes I did not. Marilyn had the courage to ask the questions that many of us were afraid to ask… because she wanted to learn whatever the subject was. Marilyn taught me that one who ask questions was not stupid but actually a learner. Continue reading