Got Questions?

Do you want to get the most out of your personal Bible study? Ask questions! Good questions lead to discovery. When teaching, Jesus often engaged His listeners through questions. Jesus didn’t ask random questions; rather, His questions had a desired purpose and revealed a variety of issues depending on the individual or the group or the occasion. His questions caused people to respond in a number of ways, such as examining their actions, evaluating what they believed, or assessing their spiritual condition. Jesus asked Peter, “Why are you sleeping?” (Mark 14:37). Jesus asked the rich young ruler, “Why do you ask me about what is good?” (Matt. 19:16).  Even at the age of 12 Jesus asked the teachers questions and “all those who heard Him were astounded at His understanding and answers” (Luke 2:46-47). Whether you are Bible teacher or studying on your own, asking the right questions can often lead to the most amazing insights from the Holy Spirit. Why five loaves and two fish? Why did Jesus get in the boat when He could walk on water? Why turn water to wine? How does this story relate to other passages on the same subject? These are just a few examples of the types of questions we should ask in our Bible study. Jesus’ questions served to get people to think or engage in some way so that He might drive home a point. Most of His questions tested one’s faith or spiritual perspective. Jesus once asked Peter and the disciples “the question,” “Who do you say that I am” (Matt. 16:15)? Peter had once been asked by tax collectors if Jesus paid the double drachma tax.  Jesus asked Peter, “What do you think, Simon? Who do earthly kings collect tariffs and taxes from? From their sons or from strangers?” (Matt. 17:25). Regarding the occasion of the paralytic who was lowered through the roof, Luke said Jesus perceived their thoughts, and asked, “Why are you reasoning this in your hearts? Which is easier: to say? Your sins or forgiving you or to say get up and walk?” (Luke 5:22-23). When Jesus saw a large crowd, He asked Philip, “Where will we buy bread so these people can eat?” (John 6:6). Philip’s response had to do with the amount of wages that would be needed to buy the amount of bread and revealed he had not considered the supernatural ability of Jesus. Some questions will lead to greater spiritual insights. Some questions will lead to much needed personal soul searching. How about you? Got questions? 

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