questioning Jesus, the gospel of Mark- intro b: unspoken questions

5 Aug

Are there any really poor questions? Only these, from Mark 9: 30- 32

30 “And having gone forth thence, they were passing through Galilee, and he did not wish that any may know,

31 for he was teaching his disciples, and he said to them, `The Son of Man is being delivered to the hands of men, and they shall kill him, and having been killed the third day he shall rise,’ 32 but they were not understanding the saying, and they were afraid to question him.”

Why didn’t the disciples ask the big, elephant size room question? Jesus had just expelled a demon spirit from a long boy and they did asked him privately, 28 “Why could we not cast it out?”

The disciples could ask ‘why’ a few moments before, what then, now, stops their questioning?

I believe this answer lies within the first passage of our series ‘questioning Jesus’’ and verse 32: they are full of fear and lack the faith to ask.

They are fearful from their toes to their heads. They are as mute, at this teaching moment, as the boy possessed by the mute and deaf demon spirit.

Their fears fill them; they can not see or think; feel or question beyond their fears.

Only the faithful can ask real, essential, of the moment questions. Only the faithful can listen and believe.

Only the faithful can love Jesus so that they can ask true questions, faithful and self-revealing questions.

As we begin our series, write down a question you are afraid to speak. As we continue daily in ‘questions Jesus’ ask your question prayerfully, out loud if you can, to Him.

He will respond. He answers. Jesus all ways answers. ask, for you love him so.

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