Direct Responses To Your Questions

There are hundreds of questions asked in the Old Testament. Abraham asks how God could use two older people to bring life into the world. Moses questions why God chose him. The Israelites question Moses about wandering in the wilderness for so long. Gideon asks how God plans to use him to save Israel. On and on its goes.

We may shake our heads at the wishy-washy tendencies of the Israelites as they wandered in the wilderness, but we might have done the same thing if we were in their sandals. We laugh at how Abraham thought he and Sarah were too old to have children, but isn't our God fully capable of doing anything? And we accuse Gideon of not having faith in the Lord's decisions, but we seem surprised when God answers prayers and uses us for His glory.

The New Testament is no different. Now that Jesus was walking on earth, He was physically present to hear their questions. They weren't always pleased with the answer, but they were meeting face to face with the Son of God and posing their questions.

In all of these situations, both the questions and the answers were recorded. This is a blessing in disguise, as we now have the opportunity to read God's answers in the Old Testament and Christ's answers in the New testament. Many of them are variations of the questions that we would ask ourselves, and now we can read the back of the book and see how it turns out.

One of the best examples of this is in the book of Matthew.

But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Matthew 22:34-35

The Pharisees ask Jesus a seemingly simple question, but it was asked to tempt Him, just to see what He would say. This is the same Son of God who just stop the Sadducees in their tracks with His answers, and the Pharisees wanted the same opportunity - puzzling the One who puzzled the Sadducees, as Matthew Henry once wrote.

Jesus' response was immediate and simple.

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matthew 22:36-40

While we could study His response itself for days, let's focus on the bigger picture here. The Pharisees asked Jesus a question that we might have asked Him ourselves that day. They wanted to trip Him up and guessed at what His answer would be, but we would have asked out of a need to know the truth. When this question crosses our hearts and minds, we only have to turn to Matthew 22:37-40 to hear the response. No mixed message, no misunderstandings - just answers.

Do you have a question? Search the Scriptures.
Do you wonder about something? Read until you find the answer.
Do you wish you could ask God something specific? Someone long before you probably did, and their question and answer session will be in your Bible, too.

Scripture is an amazing resource filled with answers to life's greatest questions. The writers heard the question and recorded the answer, and the Lord worked very carefully to preserve it for us today.

Don't sit around letting questions run through your mind. Ask them in prayer and search for the answers in God's Word.

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