Friday, 8 March 2013

Why, What, and Who in the Gospels?

When we read the Gospels, and listen to them read to us, we tend to hear the familiar words without asking questions.  Should we ask questions....or just accept the words?  

Each of the following 10 passages suggests questions that we should answer....if we are to understand the passage!

1. Matthew 4.5-6  The devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the Temple,and said to Him, 'If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ 

Which phrase of Psalm 91.11-12 does the devil miss out?....
Why does he miss it out?

2. Matthew 5.14-16 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

What is 'your light'?....
How will people see 'your light'?

3. Matthew 5.20 Unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.  

What is 'righteousness'....
How can 'your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees'?

4. Matthew 7.21-23  Not everyone who says to Me, ‘LORD, LORD,’ shall enter The Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘LORD LORD, have we not prophesied in Your Name, cast out demons in Your Name, and done many wonders in Your Name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’  

What did Jesus mean when He said, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ ?... 
Why are those to whom He spoke excluded from 'The Kingdom of Heaven'?....
What is 'The Kingdom of Heaven' that He is referring to?


5. Matthew 11.12  From the days of John the Baptist until now The Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.

Why is this verse nonsense?...
Which passage in the OT is Jesus referring to?....
How should the verse be correctly translated?

6. Matthew 15.1-2 The scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, 'Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders?'  

What were, and are, 'the tradition of the elders'?....
What is the problem that Jesus had, and has, with 'the tradition of the elders'?

7.  Luke 1.5-6 There was ... a certain priest named Zacharias ....and his wife was ... Elizabeth. They were both righteous before God, walking in all the Commandments and Ordinances of the LORD blameless. 

How could Zacharias and Elizabeth walk in all the Commandments and Ordinances of the LORD blameless?...
Was not Jesus the only one Who was 'blameless'?

8. John 2.17 His disciples remembered that it was written, 'Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.' 

Where is the quote 'written'?...
Why did the disciples 'remember' this particular reference in the OT?

9. John 3.3-8 Jesus ..said to him, 'Unless one is born again, he cannot see The Kingdom of God.' 
Nicodemus said to Him, 'How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?'
Jesus answered, 'Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter The Kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.' The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.' 

Which OT passage is Jesus referring to in His dialogue with Nicodemus?....
Why does Nicodemus misunderstand what Jesus is saying?....
What is 'The Kingdom of God' that Jesus refers to?

10. John 12.12-15 The next day a great multitude that had come to the Feast...took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: 'Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the LORD!’ The King of Israel!'  
Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written: 'Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your King is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt.'
What does 'Hosanna' mean?....
Why did the people shout 'Hosanna'?....
Which OT passage refers to the 'donkey's colt'?....
What is so significant about Jesus 'sitting on a donkey’s colt'?

There is a total of 25 Questions in the 10 passages above.  
Do you need to know the Answers?
Do you want to know the Answers?  
If your answers to these 2 questions is 'Yes' .....then enjoy searching for the Answers.
I will post some suggested Answers next week....


  1. how can you find the answers when you dont know where to start? if you read gods word but it does'nt give up its answers as it appears to do for you,is it that my mind is so dull? I wont to know the answer,is it I dont know how to ask the questions or where to look, surely god want's me to know the answers to.

    1. I understand your frustration and I found myself asking the same questions some 25 years ago.

      The problem is that God chose to provide a revelation of Himself in the written Word of the Bible....and He chose Hebrew writers to write in Hebrew and Aramaic within Hebrew culture and mindset. I suppose that He could have chosen Chinese or some other language....but He decided on Hebrew.

      Therefore, anyone who does not read Hebrew and understand Hebrew culture and mindset needs to either learn Hebrew or acquire an interlinear translation, and to learn about Hebrew culture from about 1000BCE to about 100CE. Once I had accepted that this was my problem 25 years ago, I set about learning Hebrew and understanding Hebrew culture and mindset.

      It has been a long and fulfilling journey...and I have written some 30 Booklets which explain my findings in the Gospels. These Booklets have helped many people to be encouraged to progress their own journey. Unfortunately, there is no easy shortcut....but then, I suppose, God wants us to seek Him diligently and not fasttrack!!

      There are a number of books and online resources that have done the research. Should you be might like to start by reading some of my Booklets listed on my website