Sunday, January 17, 2016

Why Didn't They Just Ask? - Mark 3:20-30 Post 7

Field: Ask
Why did they come down from Jerusalem? (Mark 3:22) 

They had not come to receive or to help.  They hadn't come out of concern for You or with the anticipation and joy of seeing others healed or set free.
As teachers of the law, it seems they would be there seeking to understand what was going on and how it fit into the law and the Scriptures, but...

If they had come to understand, they would have asked You questions and listened to Your answers. 

It's not the main point of these verses - but why didn't they just ask You?  They didn't ASK You about what You were teaching, about what You were doing, about what power You were using to cast out demons

They didn't ask You anything.

Instead, they watched what You were doing, commenting among themselves or maybe to those around them, and finding a way to explain it all away.

Here they are.  They've come to You - and yet they haven't.  
Not really.  Because they haven't come TO You.

They didn't say to You, "We're concerned that You are possessed.  Are You doing this by the prince of demons?" 

Instead, they declared it to each other and possibly those around them.  

Why didn't they just ask You?

Because they weren't concerned with understanding.
They weren't concerned with knowing You.

Why do I come to You?  Do I come to You to receive whatever You would give?  Do I come with hope for myself or for loved ones?  Do I come to rejoice over what You're doing?  Do I come to understand? To know You?

Do I bring my questions and my frustrations and even my anger and accusations to You directly (You would talk with me about them)? 

Or do I bring them "near" You, voicing them in front of others who know You, throwing them around in Your proximity - hard not to do that since I'm always in Your presence - but not really bringing them to You?

You know my thoughts.  And even when I'm throwing them around without voicing them to You - You'll still answer.

The teachers of the law didn't ask You, nor tell You what they were thinking, but You knew. You called them (Mark 3:23) and spoke to them, directly addressing and answering the question they had raised.  The accusation they had made.  
You had an answer - a stunning answer.  "...if a house is divided against itself..."(Mark 3:23-29).

You always do.  

But how much better it is when I have the courage to ask You.  How much better it is when I bring my concerns or confusion or questions or even anger to You and ask You about them.

Nicodemus did.  He came to You in the middle of the night. (John 3:1-3). Timidly, secretly, maybe - but he DID come TO YOU.  

He asked You questions, "How can this be?" (John 3: 9).

And You told him what he needed to hear (John 3:1-21).



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