Prayer: All-knowing God, thank you for hearing our questions. Help us to hear your answers. even if they are questions in return. It may just mean we know the answer already. Amen
Reading: Matthew 21: 23-32 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: It can be most annoying when someone answers a question with another question. It throws the thinking back on the questioner. In the case of the chief priests and elders questioning Jesus about his authority, it left them in a no-win situation for themselves regarding the crowds. However, their own answer would have have set them on a course of either belief or unbelief. Their answer of, "We do not know." was met with, "Then I am not going to tell you." (paraphrased).
Perhaps they knew that Jesus knew that they knew the answer to their question already. And Jesus probably knew that they knew that Jesus knew... It's good to know the course of belief or unbelief may be an answer to a wondering in our minds whose answer is already in our hearts. --Ruth Gates
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