Hearing God Through the Bible: Questions Jesus Asked

Hearing God Through the Bible Series

This is the third in a series on how to listen for God's voice when reading the Bible.  So far we have looked at Lectio Divina and Luther's Four Stranded Garland.  Both of these tools are a structured way of approaching the text to help your spirit be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Questions Jesus Asked

Today I will introduce you to a technique called Questions Jesus Asked.  This technique is very simple.  All you need to do is stop anytime Jesus asks someone a question.  Then, take that question and pretend Jesus is asking you the same question.

For example in John 1:35-38 we read,

The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”  The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.  Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?”

At this point in the text stop and ask yourself this question,  "What are you seeking?"  What are you seeking right now?  What are you hoping Jesus will do for you?  Talk to God about the question and your answer.

Over 80 times in the Gospels Jesus asks a question.  This technique helps to personalize the Gospels as you read them.  It allows Jesus to speak to you now as He did 2000 years ago.

Questions God Asks

This technique can also be used in the Old Testament for questions God asks.  For instance, the first question God asks is in Genesis 3:9.  After the first couple have fallen God asks, "Where are you?"

Notice the power of this simple question.  There are so many ways to take this questions and, because of that, you can allow the Holy Spirit to direct this to whatever area of your life He wishes.  Where are you right now?  physically, spiritually, emotionally, intellectually?  Are you near or far from God?  Are you trying to hide or are you seeking Him?

Next time you see a question in scripture stop and see if it applies to you

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