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Jesus Answers the Critics

Jesus and Wisdom when Speaking

  • Jesus was asked by the Scribes and Pharisees why His disciples transgressed the tradition of the elders by not washing their hands when they ate bread. Jesus responded with a question, “Why do you also transgress the commandments of God because of your traditions? For God commanded that you have to honour your father and mother. But you say, whoever says to his father or mother, 'Whatever help you would have from me I now give it to God.' Therefore you have made God’s command ineffective by your tradition. Hypocrites! You honour God with your lips but your heart if far from Him” [Paraphrased] (Matthew 15:1-9).

  • Jesus was asked by some priests in the temple, "By what authority are You doing this?" Jesus then asked them a question whether or not the baptism of John was from heaven or from men. As the priests could not answer Him, Jesus did not answer them (Matthew 21:23-27).

  • Jesus was asked a trick question, "Should we pay taxes?" Jesus responded by asking for a coin and asking those present, “Whose inscription is on it?” ‘Caesar they responded.’ Jesus replied, “Give to Caesar what is his and to God what is His” (Matthew 22:15-22).

  • Jesus was questioned by the Sadducees concerning the resurrection from the dead, which they did not believe in. Jesus pointed out their wrong theology - God is not the God of the dead but of the living (Mark 12:18-27).

  • Jesus questioned the religious leaders about their theology concerning the coming Messiah. The religious rulers believed the coming Messiah to be a man and only a man. This was said in reference to the fact that how can king David call him [the Messiah] Lord? “The Lord said to My Lord” If he is only his son? (Mark 12:35-37).

  • A woman who was caught in adultery was brought to Jesus and the ring-leaders asked Jesus what shall we do? The law says that she should be stoned! Jesus ignored them at first and then told the people who were thirsty for blood, “He who is without sin let him cast the first stone.” One by one the crowd disappeared, the lady was on her own and Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, go your way and sin no more” (John 8:1-11).

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