When You Already Know the Answer
He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?”
The lawyer comes to Jesus to ask what he has to do to inherit eternal life. This was a well educated man and he really did know the answer to his own question. The problem is that he had not been living in this way. Therefore it was easier to pretend he didn't know and ask Jesus. In that way he could claim ignorance. But Jesus didn't let him get away with it. He knows that the man would know God's law. Therefore he asks him, "What is written in the law? What do you read there?"
It's obvious if the man is a lawyer that he must know the law, and that he must read it! The man has been caught in his own ruse by Jesus. The man gives the right answer to Jesus. It is then that Jesus responds, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.” (Luke 10:28) he knew the right answer all along but the problem was that he didn't want to live like this. Jesus followed up with the story of the Good Samaritan. At the end Jesus admonished the lawyer to go and show mercy, just as the Samaritan.
There are plenty of times in life when we know the right answer, but instead of acting on that knowledge we go to others. I have always dreaded when people ask me my opinion of someone they are dating that you know is completely wrong for them. As you look into the future, all you can see is tragedy. They can see it, and yet, they don't want to see it. They want affirmation from those closest to them that they're ok and doing the right thing. In reality they don't want your opinion. If you tell them your real concerns they may not listen and your relationship with this person may be permanently damaged.
The questions may not be about relationships or marriage but can cover a variety of topics. When we already know the answer to the question but we go to someone else we are, more than likely, looking for validation of our position. I'm sure that's what the lawyer was expecting. He was not expecting the truth and that he was to respond as someone from Samaria.
God has given us the resources to know the answers to our questions. Don't keep asking just because you don't like the answer. Accept the answer at you already know in your heart and then go, and live in this way.
Thank you for e truths which you are constantly revealing to us. Please, help me live into these truths. Amen.