An orator, preacher, or attorney will want to frame a question properly. How and when questions are asked lends impact to their answers. Recurring questions also point to undiscovered facts. Questions are tools for learning. Jesus asked questions and invited those around Him to answer. His questions were especially revealing. It’s also interesting the Bible presents a couple of opening questions.
God makes many statements regarding His Creation. But it’s Satan who asks the first question. He asked Eve, “Did God really say…?” Then came sin, and then God’s great question, “Adam, where are you?” The question was for Adam, not God. Adam realized what he had done and where he was. Adam’s children have been hiding behind fig leaves of pride, self-reliance, independence, and stubbornness ever since. The pages of the Old Testament are filled with examples.
What about the New Testament? The Gospels open with a question, “Where is He Who is born King of the Jews?” They also end with questions, “Where is Jesus? Where have they taken Him?” As Jesus was taken up from the disciples, Scripture records the angels asking, “Why do you marvel?” The disciples were questioning where Jesus was going. The Old Testament records God asking Man, “Where are you?” The New Testament sees Man asking God, “Where are You?”
God closes His Scripture with the answer in Revelation 22:
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city….The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.
God’s answer is, in essence, “I AM here in My eternal glory. If you will reject your sin, you may enter in and fellowship with Me for eternity!” That’s an invitation that defies description. Here’s the last of the questions, “Have you shared His invitation lately?”
Soli Deo Gloria!