Asking the Wrong Questions – Matt 22

While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David.” — Matthew 22:41–42  

You can tell a great deal about a person by the questions they ask or don’t ask. In Matthew 22, Jesus is being asked a lot of “questions” but they are not genuine. They are designed to “entangle him” (v.15) and to “tempt (test) him” (v.35). 

In response to these difficult questions that seemed to have no right answer, Jesus still managed to answer in such a way that “they marvelled” (v.22), “were astonished” (v.33), were “put…to silence (v.34), and dared not ask him any more questions (v.46).

Jesus then had a question of His own for the Pharisees, “What think ye of Christ?” (v.42). His point seems to be to get them to focus on what or who is really important. They were constantly wanting to argue or correct Jesus’ teaching when what they should have done was opened their eyes to who Jesus was!

What kind of questions do you ask? Are your questions sincere? Are they revealing that you just want to argue and score points? Or are they focused on what is really important?

Finally, though we may have many questions for God, His main questions for us is what we think of Christ. If we get that question right, it will answer many others as well.

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