Did I read that right?Do I really understand what I read, saw, heard?
When you are given a report, don’t be too reluctant to ask the person some searching questions.
What was seen; what was heard; were there witnesses; could you be mistaken; etc.
Is that hear-say, or were you an eye witness?
Could he have meant something different that what you are thinking?
Can you be positive about his attitude and the intent of his heart?
Do you know for sure what his level of understanding is?
And many other such-like questions.
Mark 11:27-3327 And they come again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders,
28 And say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these things?
29 And Jesus answered and said unto them, I will also ask of you one question, and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
30 The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me.
31 And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not believe him?
32 But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed.
33 And they answered and said unto Jesus, We cannot tell. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.
By asking questions you can discern the attitude of the person with whom you are having a discussion.
By asking questions you can more clearly understand what they really believe and want to communicate.
By asking questions you can avoid the temptation to be hasty in judgment.
Proverbs 20:25It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make inquiry.
Before making vows, you should ask all the questions needed to comprehend the nature and cost of the vow.
Can I keep this vow under different circumstances?
Can I afford all the expenses which may come with this vow?
How will this vow affect my other responsibilities?
Do I have the time and energy and commitment to keep this vow?
Is this vow a just and righteous promise?
Promises are broken because they were made unwisely and without sufficient information to know the associated responsibility and cost.
16 If a false witness rise up against any man to testify against him that which is wrong;
17 Then both the men, between whom the controversy is, shall stand before the Lord, before the priests and the judges, which shall be in those days;
18 And the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and, behold, if the witness be a false witness, and hath testified falsely against his brother;
19 Then shall ye do unto him, as he had thought to have done unto his brother: so shalt thou put the evil away from among you.
20 And those which remain shall hear, and fear, and shall henceforth commit no more any such evil among you.
A righteous judge will examine every witness available. He will look for witnesses which may be reluctant to be involved.
A righteous judge will ask relative and revealing questions.
A righteous judge will look for inconsistencies and contradictory testimony.
He will be diligent to discern confusion and doubt from the accuser.
Concerning relationships and issues in your life, have you asked enough questions?Perhaps you should apologize to someone for not making a greater effort to discover the truth and judge righteous judgment.
If you have broken fellowship with someone and your reason was unjust, how will God deal with your injustice? Are you responsible for initiating a reconciliation?
Matthew 11:7-107 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?
8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.
9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.
10 For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
Jesus is asking the people questions to get them to think about what has happened and how they have responded to the message of repentance.
Matthew 12:1-812 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat.
2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.
3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;
4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?
5 Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?
6 But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.
7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.
8 For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.
Concerning “the priest in the temple profane the Sabbath and are blameless?” Matthew 12:5
The priests must be engaged in killing the sacrifices, and making fires to burn them in sacrifice, whereas to kindle a fire was expressly forbidden the Jews on the Sabbath, (Exodus 35:3). They did that which, for other persons to do, would have been "profaning" the Sabbath. Yet they were blameless. They did what was necessary and commanded. This was done in the very temple, the place of holiness, where the law should be most strictly observed.
Jesus asked the people questions to get them to think. He was encouraging them to reason as to why these things were done and how God looks upon the attitude of the heart.
Matthew 27:17-2317 Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?
18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.
19 When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.
20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.
21 The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.
22 Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.
23 And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.
Pilate tried to ask questions and cause the people to reconsider what they were doing. Regardless of how many questions you may ask, some people will insist on the injustice which has lodged in their heart.
If you try to repair a relationship and the other party refuses to endeavor with you, then you have done what you could. Give it to God. The Lord may open a door of opportunity in the future, but you are clear because you obeyed the Holy Spirit.
Ask question. Don’t make embarrassing decisions.