Truth Revealed in Questions

It’s easy to pass over rhetorical questions in Scripture.  I do it frequently, but have been trying to take note of such questions when they come up.     BibleAlthough a rhetorical question is not asked to illicit a reply, it is helpful to reflect on the question and its intended effect.  For instance, Isaiah 40:14 asks, “Whom did he [God] consult, and who made him understand?  Who taught him the path of justice, and taught him knowledge, and showed him the way of understanding?”  The implied answer?  Absolutely no one.  No one teaches God anything, for he has all knowledge and wisdom.  The question reveals a significant truth about the Lord.

1 Corinthians, in particular, contains a lot of rhetorical questions.  Don’t pass over them.  When one is asked, pause and meditate upon the implied answer. In chapter 4 Paul admonishes the Corinthians for causing division in the church by favoring and following one teacher over another.  He advises them that they should consider the apostles simply as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.  In verses 6 and following he says, “I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, brothers, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another.  {Rhetorical Question Alert} For who sees anything different in you? {No one}   What do you have that you did not receive? {Nothing}  If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?” {Hmm.  Great question.  I shouldn’t, I have no reason to}.  What do these questions tell us about ourselves?  That there is nothing inherent in us which makes us different from any other sinner, we have received everything from God, and we cannot take credit for any aspect of our salvation.

Here we have questions that give us answers with regard to the doctrine of God (Is. 40:14) and the doctrine of man  (1 Cor. 4:6-7).  In Scripture, there is truth to be discovered even in the questions!  Give them due consideration…

C.M. Granger

One thought on “Truth Revealed in Questions

  1. I have been given everything! It is a humbling conclusion. Whenever I think of boasting about how intelligent, wise, and/or how I seek the Lord, I will remember that even the desire to seek Him is a gift from the Lord. Thanks for the reminder.

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