Celebrating the 12th Anniversary of LeadingWithQuestions.com

All this week, we are celebrating the 12th Anniversary of LeadingWithQuestions.com with the release of my newest free eBook: “340 Questions Jesus Asked”   You can request the download of your free eBook @ LeadingWithQuestions.com/books

Today sharing from Chapter Three: 

A TOUGH QUESTION

Chapter 2 described the two pillars of Jesus’ communication strategy: telling stories and asking questions.

Here is an example of where Jesus used both.

THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN (LUKE 10:25–37)

On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“What is written in the Law?” Jesus replied. “How do you read it?”

He answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind,” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

Jesus ended the telling of the story with a question: “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

When you look at this question, you likely think, “That’s easy! I could have answered that one correctly!”

Yet, I would suggest that this was a very tough question!

Let me ask you a question: Did you grow up in a home where your parents and grandparents HATED SAMARITANS?

Of course not! In fact, if there was an athletic team called the “Good Samaritans,” you and I would instinctively cheer for them!

But for the “Expert in the Law,” he most likely grew up in a home where his parents and grandparents and everyone else he knew hated Samaritans! The Jews at the time of Jesus hated the Samaritans. The scriptures record that those living in the north, when they traveled to Jerusalem, would take the long way around rather than a much shorter route through Samaria, just to avoid any contact with Samaritans.

So, Jesus shares a story where he made the “hero” of the story a member of this hated group. Then Jesus ends his story by asking the “Expert in the Law,” “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

 It was indeed A Tough Question

The “Expert in the Law” likely thought about his reply for some time! And his reply is a curious one. He chose not to say, “the Samaritan,” but instead chose to respond with, “The one who had mercy on him.”

As noted in chapter 2, Jesus wanted to see people changed. But do you think he knew that instead of saying, “Let me tell you,” that saying, “Let me ask you,” would be far more effective in changing lives?

 I Wish We Knew “The Rest of The Story”

I know that this will date me—but for those of you old enough to remember—for more than 30 years (1976–2009), five days a week, there was a radio broadcast titled “The Rest of the Story” by Paul Harvey. In just three or four minutes, Paul would share an event or occurrence that almost everyone in his audience was familiar with, but then would share what has happened since—“The Rest of the Story.”

There are so many stories in the Scriptures where I wish Paul Harvey could have shared “The Rest of the Story.” Jesus’ interaction with this “Expert in the Law” is one of them. I would love to know how Jesus’ question, “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” changed this man’s life.

Click HERE to request your free “340 Questions Jesus Asked” eBook today!

Bob Tiede

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bob has been on the staff of Cru for 52 years. He currently serves on the U.S. Leadership Development Team and is passionate about seeing leaders grow and multiply their effectiveness. Bob and his wife, Sherry, live in Plano, TX and are blessed with 4 incredible children and 8 remarkable grandchildren.

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