Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 22, 2019

“I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute.”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 20:1-8.

“On one of the days while He was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders confronted Him, and they spoke, saying to Him, “Tell us by what authority You are doing these things, or who is the one who gave You this authority?”  Jesus answered and said to them, “I will also ask you a question, and you tell Me:  Was the baptism of John from heaven or from men?”  They reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say, ‘Why did you not believe him?’  But if we say, ‘From men,’ all the people will stone us to death, for they are convinced that John was a prophet.”  So they answered that they did not know where it came from.  And Jesus said to them, “Nor will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”  Luke 20:1-8.

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The chief priests, scribes, and elders in today’s Scripture asked a question only to confront and trap Jesus.  Here, Jesus did not answer their question, but rather, replied with a question.

But, we also read in the following Scripture of a similar situation where there were those who also asked a question to trap Jesus, but in this situation Jesus did answer their question.  “Then they *sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Him in order to trap Him in a statement.  They *came and *said to Him, “Teacher, we know that You are truthful and defer to no one; for You are not partial to any, but teach the way of God in truth.  Is it lawful to pay a poll-tax to Caesar, or not?  Shall we pay or shall we not pay?”  But He, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, “Why are you testing Me?  Bring Me a denarius to look at.”  They brought one.  And He *said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?”  And they said to Him, “Caesar’s.”  And Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”  And they were amazed at Him.”  Mark 12:13-17.

There are also others who ask questions trying to confuse people in attendance or trying to get the speaker off track on the subject of his teaching.

There are also others who ask questions, not wanting to learn, but to only show off how wise and righteous they are.

There are also others who ask questions to generally learn, but they are never willing to come to the truth.  They are “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”  2 Timothy 3:7.  They are “holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power;  Avoid such men as these.”  2 Timothy 3:5.

In summary, sometimes, we should not answer their questions.  Sometimes, we should answer their questions.  And, sometimes, we should not even teach them, but rather avoid them.  “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”  Matthew 7:6.

So, how do we act?

There is hope!

God gives us wisdom and the will to act as we should, and God works within us.

“… by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God …”  1 Corinthians 1:30.

“for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:13.

“… if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”  James 1:5.

“… I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute.”  Luke 21:15.


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