Questions, Questions

We have all heard an instructor, teacher, professor, or lecturer say, “there is no such thing as a dumb question.” The intent is to make the students or hearers more comfortable to . While that statement is often made, on the other hand, when students are graded on participation, their are evaluated on how they contributed to the understanding (i.e., the education) of the topic. In other words, yes, there really are dumb . That being said, what are usually considered dumb are really ignorant, , or purposefully disruptive (to the purpose of the venue).
Solomon ed for wisdom. Was that really a question in the context of the verse? Yes and no. In English, no, it isn’t a question. In context, however, it is. “Is it possible, God, that you would me the wisdom and discernment to lead your people?” That really is the question. God answers in the affirmative. As we follow Solomon’s , we do see that he stopped ing wise when it came to his wives and worship prices. In f, it seems in that area he stopped ing at all.
Nebuchadnezzar s some out of anger, pride, and offense (people in his immediate circle did not obey his law). We look at his and think they’re dumb. Think about it from his . He made a gold statue to worship (no in-depth theology on this new god). Everyone will now suddenly worship it. In many s, this sounds more like a civil religion than true religion. Nebuchadnezzar didn’t seem to really believe in the god he’d made nor the God of the Jews. In the midst of his anger, he was probably pretty confused.
Then we have the Sadducees. Really, the question they ed Jesus could have easily been ed of the Pharisees. In f, this ex question was indeed probably ed of the Pharisees during theological discussions. Jesus gave a brilliant answer to their question, but their question wasn’t dumb. For people concerned with fulfilling the law correctly, this would be a matter that needed an answer. The consistency of their logic was sound.
Questions need answers, and we often judge our answers by what we perceive is the brilliance of others. Sometimes though, people just need their to be heard. They may not need an answer, but they may need a sounding board.
1) What can you do to show others that you are open to their , especially regarding ?
2) What will you do to train yourself to not always see in black or white, right or wrong? What causes you to think answers must be formed in that way?
3) What do you think the better question that Nebuchadnezzar and the Sadducees could have ed, in the context of these ?
Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.