The idea of these little devotionals is simple. I want to approach scripture with the understanding that God is speaking. I’m reading through the Bible and listening for God to ask me questions. I expect these questions to be fairly open-ended and plan to carry them in my mind throughout the day. I’ll share these questions with you in the hope that you find them challenging and helpful.
One day, as Jesus[a] was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders came up 2 and said to him, “Tell us by what authority you do these things, or who it is that gave you this authority.” 3 He answered them, “I also will ask you a question. Now tell me, 4 was the baptism of John from heaven or from man?” 5 And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why did you not believe him?’ 6 But if we say, ‘From man,’ all the people will stone us to death, for they are convinced that John was a prophet.” 7 So they answered that they did not know where it came from. 8 And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”
From this passage I hear God asking me:
What do you think motivated the chief priests, scribes, and elders to ask the question they asked?
Don’t you think they already thought they knew what his answer would be?
Why didn’t Jesus give them a straight answer?
Do you understand the tough spot they were in?
Why, exactly, was this a tough spot for them?
Why couldn’t they just be honest?
What motivates the questions you have for Jesus?
Do you ever wonder why you don’t get a straight answer?
Is God asking you anything more, or anything different?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.