Do you have the Christian reading problem? Don’t know what that is? I am sure you don’t think you have the problem. But years of teaching God’s people says there is a problem. We look but don’t see. Our familiarity with Scripture bypasses what I call the kid response. We raised five children and now have eight grandchildren. What do children always ask? Why do we stop asking questions when we read the Bible?
Mastering Manhood: The Why Questions
In the previous post, I said we would begin this series by examining the only perfect Father. What did He do? What did He say? And, why did He say it? Here is the Scripture list from the previous post:
- Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations. Isaiah 42:1
- And behold, a voice out of the heavens said, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased. Matthew 3:17 (Mark 1:11 & Luke 3:22)
- While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him! Matthew 17:5 (Mark 9:7 & Luke 9:35)
- For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to Him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 2 Peter 1:17
- To the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:6
In order to get the most from the questions, we need to remind ourselves of some basic facts:
- Jesus was God in human form
- Jesus was/is perfect
- Jesus was/is eternal
- Jesus lacks nothing
Our perfect, complete Father said to His perfect, complete Son, This is My beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased. Why was that necessary? We can’t say it wasn’t necessary because it is included in God’s Word. That fact alone means it was necessary, but: Why?
Was there a need for the Father to say this? Was there a need for the Son to hear it? Experience tells me people often fail to ask probing questions as they read or study Scripture. Trust me, we will never insult God by asking questions. He is more than capable of withstanding the scrutiny. In fact, exploring questions is how we grow deeper in our faith.
So let me leave this Mastering Manhood post right there – so you can wrestle with the questions on your own. I’ll share some thoughts in the next post in this series. I hope you’ll engage the questions and share your thoughts in the comments section below. Who knows? Your comments may help and encourage others!
Soli Deo Gloria!