A Student With A Question
“Dr. Dave, I’ve got a question for you?” We’re on Spring Break from SBI, but last week fifteen minutes before our chapel time one of my Old Testament students wanted to know why Proverbs uses the symbolism of Lady Wisdom in chapter one and nine. As a teacher, it’s questions like this that I live for—a heart that is inquisitive and intensely wants to find answers. The opposite is the person who is too smart to need to ask questions. They don’t even try to understand when you tell them a good story.
In Jesus’ ministry He faced crowds with many who only listened to His stories but didn’t ask Him to explain. His disciples, on the other hand, asked the right questions, and their Master delighted to fill them in on the secrets of God’s Kingdom.
“Now His disciples persisted in asking Him what this parable might mean. And He said, ‘To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of God, but to the rest I teach in parables so that seeing they will not see, and hearing they will not hear.’” - Luke 8:9-10
In His answer to the disciples’ question Jesus alludes to Isaiah 6:9. Like Isaiah, He faced a tough crowd—apathetic, hard, and often hostile. When we read Luke as we have been doing, we get to decide whether we will be one of the disciples who asked Jesus the right questions to get the right answers or whether we will be those on outside of Jesus’ circle that gathered to hear His stories but remained indifferent to their meaning.
LORD, it’s good to have a break this week from teaching at SBI but it’s the receptivity to Your Word in many of my students that fuels my life. Keep me close to You and humble so that my eyes and my ears will be open to every one of Your words.
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