My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Friday, November 25, 2011
Questions and Answers
But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered themselves together.
(Matthew 22:34 NASB)
One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him,
(Matthew 22:35 NASB)
Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question:
(Matthew 22:41 NASB)
No one was able to answer Him a word, nor did anyone dare from that day on to ask Him another question.
(Matthew 22:46 NASB)
In this story in Matthew we find an interesting dialog between
Jesus and those who were trying to trap Him. The Sadducees came to Him
first and tried to trick Him. It didn't work. So, the Pharisees
decided to step forward with their questions. After they were
unsuccessful at tricking Him, finally Jesus turned the tables on them
and asked them a question. His question was so clever that they dare
not answer it, because they would have had to concede that he was the
Christ and that He was the Son of God. Instead they decided that they'd
better not ask Him anymore questions.
Do we ever go back and forth with Jesus, peppering Him with
questions? The leaders of His day loved to throw questions at Him,
their goal being to catch Him saying something wrong, or to find some
kind of inconsistency. What is our purpose in questioning Christ?
Let's be honest, maybe we're trying to find some kind of inconsistency
as well. If only we could find something wrong with Jesus we might be
able to make excuses for ourselves and our lack of faith. But in
reality, don't we do this? Don't we try and run our own lives and get
ourselves into a bind and then we begin to ask why God let all of this
bad stuff happen to us. We question whether there really is a God and
we blame Him for the mess in our lives. Somehow if we could find
something wrong with Christ, we would feel better about not follow His
leading and commandments for our lives.
Sadly the Pharisees and the Sadducees gave up questioning Christ, not
because they had faith, but because they were frustrated that they
couldn't beat Him. Maybe we ought to take a different stance. Maybe we
ought to quit questioning Him, and put our wholehearted trust in Him.
Jesus really does have the answers, if we want to hear them and apply
them to our lives.
Lord, may we listen to Your voice and Your leading in our lives on a daily basis. Amen.