By Wil Triggs
The Bible is filled with questions. As we begin 2016 at College Church, Pastor Moody is preaching a new series, “Biblical Answers to Life’s Big Questions.” So our word for January is “Questions” because of that series.
Whereas the sermons in this series provide answers, OneWord Journal wants to take a look at questions, and open up this space for us to ponder and consider questions.
So God’s Word gives us answers. But we can also learn a lot from the questions that are in the Bible. Here are some of the questions we find in the Bible, some of them coming from the very mouth of God, others by Satan, still others voiced by mortals like us, talking to one another or to our Maker and Savior.
He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”
But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” …Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?”
Genesis 3:9 and 13a
Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother's keeper?”
But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
Then the LORD said to him, “Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the LORD?"
But Pharaoh said, “Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, and moreover, I will not let Israel go.”
They said to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt?"
When the people of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?”
“Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods?
Who is like you, majestic in holiness,
awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?
And the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?”
And he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the quarreling of the people of Israel, and because they tested the Lord by saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?” Exodus 17:7
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of my poor people not been restored?
Where can I go from your Spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence?
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?
To whom then will you compare me, or who is my equal? says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see: Who created these?
With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? … He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Micah 6:6, 8
Jesus … asked his disciples, "Who do people say that I am?" … He asked them, "But who do you say that I am?"
Mark 8:27, 29
Then someone came to him and said, "Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?"
For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life?
He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
. . .and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
What then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? … How can we who died to sin go on living in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “WHY DO YOU SEEK THE LIVING AMONG THE DEAD?”