Posted by: Larry Hoekman | August 9, 2018

Luke — Ask Don’t Tell!

Day 3128:  School is starting throughout the U.S. and around the world. Pray for Christ following teachers to be ministering spirits to their students!

Scripture: Then Jesus put His hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God. Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue leader said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.”

The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?  When He said this, all His opponents were humiliated. . . Luke 13:13-17a

Thoughts/questions: Of all people, Jesus would be the one to use scriptural knowledge to put those in opposition to Him in their place! Instead, He responded to their accusations with questions. And this was His usual M.O. and that is an excellent example for us to follow!

We tend to speak first and ask questions later. Jesus did the reverse. When confronted, we often try to put on our best defense of ourselves. But with questions, Jesus forced others to defend their own position, and made them think through what they had said. And as happened here, this was often enough to end the conversation!

Let’s follow Jesus example – In love, let us use questions more and statements less!

Suggested Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank You for setting the example for me. Help me to follow . . .

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