Bible Reading: Luke 20:27-47
Read…the…Bible. If we would do that more…we wouldn’t struggle with difficult things nearly as much. Most of the questions, concerns, and difficulties that we have in life have already been answered in the Bible. We just haven’t read the Bible…so, we don’t know the answers.
Thoughts about God for My Grandkids:
See if you can answer these Trick Questions (the Answers are at the bottom):
- If a plane crashes on the border between the United States and Canada, where do they bury the survivors?
- Some months have 31 days, others have 30 days, but how many have 28 days?
- If you have a bowl with six apples and you take away four, how many do you have?
- How did the boy kick his soccer ball ten feet, and then have it come back to him on its own?
- “The attorney is my brother,” testified the accountant. But the attorney testified he did not have a brother. Who is lying?
- Uncle Bill’s farm had a terrible storm and all but seven sheep were killed. How many sheep are still alive?
- What has a head, a tail, but does not have a body?
- There are three important rooms in a house. The first one is filled with money. The second on is filled with important papers. The third one is filled with jewelry. One day all of the rooms burst into fire at the same time. Which room did the policeman put out the fire in first?
- You are driving a bus. When you begin your route, there is an old woman named Mrs. Smith and a young boy named Raymond who are on the bus. At the first stop, the old woman leaves, and a salesman, named Ed, enters. At the next stop, Jack and his sister Jill get on, as well as three women with shopping bags. The bus travels fifteen minutes, then stops and Raymond gets off and a man and his wife get on. Next, a woman with a bird in a cage gets on the bus. What is the name of the bus driver?
Sometimes people will ask a question that seems difficult. But in reality, it’s not that hard. So then, why does it seem to be so hard? Think about this…
- It could be that we are looking at the question from the wrong perspective. We think the question is about one thing…when it is really about something else.
- It could be that we were not given all of the information.
- It could be that we were given the wrong information.
- It could be that we were given the right information…but in a wrong way.
That is the nature of Trick Questions. Trick Questions can be fun to solve. But there are times when people intentionally use then to try to confuse us, or to make us say something that we don’t mean.
That’s what happened to Jesus. A group of religious leaders who belonged to an organization called the Sadducees asked Him a Trick Question. But Jesus knew what they were doing. He wasn’t fooled for a moment. The question had to do with the resurrection. This is the teaching in the Bible that after we die, our bodies are buried, and our spirit immediately goes to be with God. Then, at some time in the future, our bodies will be brought back to life (resurrected) and will be rejoined to our spirit. The Sadducees didn’t believe in the resurrection and they were trying to trick Jesus. The problem was that they asked a question thinking that they knew the right answer and that the answer would confuse Jesus. However, their answer was wrong, and Jesus knew it. He knew the right answer. It’s kind of like this. If I asked you, “If 2+3=8, and I eat 4 apples, why do I only have 1 left?” The problem is that 2+3 does not equal 8, it equals 5. That’s what they did. They asked a question…but they had the wrong answer…and Jesus knew the right answer. I mean, after all…He is the Son of God.
Now, here is the important thing to remember. When Jesus answered their question, and generally any question that someone asked Him, He didn’t try to sound smart, and educated, and intellectual. No. He just told them what the Bible says the answer is. He told them what God says the answer is. That way, He doesn’t have to argue with them, or defend what He thinks. He just said, “This is what God says. Deal with Him.”
I have to tell you, I’ve found that to be a pretty good way to deal with difficult questions. All you have to do is find out what God has said about the question in the Bible…and there’s the answer. Someone says, “Well, it sounds to me like you’re not using your brain. You can’t really give an explanation, so you just quote some Bible verse.” It’s not that, at all. I am using my brain. First, I use my brain to find out what God has said. And second, I use my brain to understand it. If God said it…it is true, whether I understand it, or not. What I think, or decide, does not determine if it is true, or not. It’s true because God said it is true…not me. So, instead of trying to make up some answer on my own…I find out what God has said and then I use my brain to understand it. I wonder if they would say that same thing to a mathematician? “Well, you say that 2+2=4, but that’s only because someone has told you that is what it equals. You’re not using your brain.” That’s not necessarily so. Someone who is smarter than me tells me that it is true, and I believe them. Then, I use my brain to understand it for myself.
The answer to your questions are in the Bible. God made you with a brain and He intends for you to use it. But, He also knows that there are some things that we need help with. So, He gave us the Bible to provide the answers. Trust it. Everything in it is true. There are no mistakes, or errors. God loves you so much that He gave you an instruction book for life. Read it every day. Memorize your favorite verses. Apply it to your life.
Oh, one more question: How many of each kind of animal did Moses take on the ark? Gotcha’…Noah was on the ark, not Moses. Made you think. Hey, it’s in the Bible. Read it for yourself and find out. Use that brain that God gave you.
- Survivors are not buried.
- All the months have 28 days.
- The 4 you took away.
- He kicked it up.
- Neither one, because the accountant was his sister.
- A coin.
- None of them, because policemen do not put out fires…firemen do.
- Well, you should know…remember, you are the one driving the bus!
Love you more than bunches and bunches,