Bible questions sometimes tell us deep things about ourselves and God. For instance, this question, “Where are you?” That is the question that God asked Adam and Eve in the garden after they had fallen into sin. Now God knew exactly where they were, he is God after all. The question was one for them to answer for themselves. Where are you? How do you answer that question? I mean yes you can say well I am at such and such address, but God’s question is much deeper than that. It is more like where are you in your relationship with God? Where are you in your relationships with others? Here is another one, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Cain asked that of God after he murdered his brother Abel. It is a fundamental life question. It isn’t just one of is it wrong to murder my brother, but do I have a responsibility to take care of those around me? Who is my brother and how far do I go with this care? Here is another one, “Will not the judge of the earth do right?” This question was asked of God by Abraham as God was about to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. What do things like natural disasters or tragedies tell us about God’s will and why he allows bad things to happen? Do we have a right to question God and his will? What is the impact of prayer on God? Here is one last one, “Who do you say I am?” Jesus asked this of his disciples and Peter responded with, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” It is a question that all of us must answer, “Who do you say that Jesus is?”
Many times, when we study the Bible, we are looking for the answers; maybe we should be looking at the questions first. I am slowly developing a bunch of these questions into a sermon series for some time later this year. I am doing this for two reasons. First, I think some of these questions will help us develop and understand our faith and our relationship with God better. Second, when we witness to people in our community about Jesus, we many times are quick with our talking points and our outlines of presenting the Gospel, but often don’t really pay much attention to their real questions. The result is our presentation just comes off as good information to know, but doesn’t deal with what is really bugging them, what they are really thinking about. These questions and others can also make people think about their life in ways they hadn’t pondered before.
So, what are some questions from the Bible that you think about often that bother you? Pass them on to me and I will add them to the growing list.