Stupid Questions

Matthew 22:34-40:

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law tested him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”


If you’ve ever been a student, you’ve most likely heard the “prod” from a teacher (or two), “Any questions? And, remember, there are no stupid questions.” But, that doesn’t always apply to the Gospels or to our lives. To ask a Man professing to be the great “I AM”, the Messiah, God-incarnate, etc., this question couldn’t have seemed anything more than ignorant (or worse). It’s the equivalent of asking a doctor if oxygen is important to human lungs!? Jesus doesn’t skip a beat in replying to the question that it’s most important to love God with everything that we have. He could have turned and replied, “Seriously? Are you really asking the Son of God a stupid question like this?” But, that’s not what Jesus does. As the Perfect Teacher (Rabbi) that He was (and is), Jesus answers the “stupid question” from the misguided teachers (the Pharisees). These are the very same teachers that are supposed to be teaching God’s very Truth to His earthly students. But, for the benefit of those around Him who are not getting what they need from those same teachers, Jesus responds. In fact, all of what Jesus did and said was for our benefit. Realizing that way too many of God’s teachers had missed their Calling, Jesus enters the classroom of life Himself and delivers the lesson Personally. As the Ultimate Servant Leader, Jesus doesn’t manage His Creation from the school’s Front-Office or from an Administration Building in the Sky. No…Jesus works in the classroom with His students. It’s easy to lose focus in a classroom if we’re not careful. So, let’s not be like too many of the Pharisees and Sadducees of Jesus’ day and “day-dream” our lives away in the shadow of Jesus’ Lesson Plan due to the worries of our own days. For, when the final bell rings and we’re dismissed from our earthly classroom, there are no “make-up” tests or recovery exams. We don’t want to skip Summer School altogether for an Eternity of detention…

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