In the world but not of it

August 28, 2010

Asking or questioning…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

And then no one dared to ask him any more questions. Luke 20:40

In the gospels we see this phrase on two other occasions (Matthew 22:46, Mark 12:34).

In all three instances we see that the reason they dared not ask him any more questions is because they failed to trick and trap him. Jesus was patient in answering the questions in a manner that challenged them and not only fed their motive.

This is a great insight in communication especially in situations where we might be challenged about our faith.

If you look at these three accounts you will notice that these men were questioning Jesus not asking him questions.

There is a difference. Many times people will ask us the tough questions because they do want to know, they want to understand and we often confuse their inability to articulate a question with them questioning us.

Other times we get questioned, our faith is in question and our lives are in question. The scripture addresses this type of questioning.

Don’t answer the foolish arguments of fools, or you will become as foolish as they are. Be sure to answer the foolish arguments of fools, or they will become wise in their own estimation. Proverbs 26:4-5

There is a seeming contradiction in these two verses yet what the proverb is intended to teach us is that we must be aware to discern whether we are being asked or questioned. In other words it is prudent and polite for us to respond but not to engage and essentially feed the argument that the person may desire to draw us into.

You might say, “I’m not Jesus, He knew the hearts of men and knew their motives”, “how do I tell the difference and ensure I am responding correctly?”…

We do this by instilling the word of God in us and by learning to answer with it. The Psalmist wrote

I have rejoiced in your laws as much as in riches. I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways. I will delight in your decrees and not forget your word. Psalm 119:14-16

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