Mark 11:27-33:Leading with questions.
“27 They arrived again in Jerusalem, and while Jesus was walking in the temple courts, the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders came to him. 28 ‘By what authority are you doing these things?’ they asked. ‘And who gave you authority to do this?’ 29 Jesus replied, ‘I will ask you one question. Answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 30 John’s baptism – was it from heaven, or of human origin? Tell me!’ 31 They discussed it among themselves and said, ‘If we say, “From heaven,” he will ask, “Then why didn’t you believe him?” 32 But if we say, “Of human origin” . . .’ (They feared the people, for everyone held that John really was a prophet.) 33 So they answered Jesus, ‘We don’t know.’ Jesus said, ‘Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.’” NIV
A good question can expose what is going on in someone’s heart. That’s what happened here (31-33). It was just one sharp, pointed ‘arrow’ of a question, and it hit bull’s eye. It was all that was needed. It showed the religious leaders who they really were on the inside; not, it seems, that any of them were interested in seeing or hearing. One question, though, shone a bright beam into their dark interiors.
I’ve signed up to receive regular emails from an organisation called ‘Leading with questions.’ It’s gradually dawned on me over the years that one good question, wisely-worded, correctly-timed, can achieve far more than many accurate statements. I don’t feel I’m particularly adept at this skill, but I want to get better. I see its value.
I received an email the other day from Bob Tiede. He said that earlier this year he undertook some research, and discovered that in the ‘New International Version’ of the Bible there are 339 questions asked by Jesus. Jesus regularly posed questions of people, and how effective they were.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I want to be your apprentice. Please train me in your skill of asking great questions