Jesus has some questions for me. I need to answer them and not ignore Him. It is stunning how skillfully our Master Jesus, the Messiah, uses questions (read more here) to teach vital spiritual truths.
Jesus never asked a question because he needed to know the answer. He used questions the way a surgeon uses a scalpel, to delicately cut into a new level of understanding.
Compiled here is a list of questions Jesus asked in the good news according to Mark. Though it is probably not exhaustive, it is an extensive collection of interrogations still demanding answers of us. Mark is was written by John Mark who was one of the missionaries who accompanied Paul and Barnabas on their mission trips. It is possible that Mark wrote this good news account at the urging of Peter (his companion in Rome) since he had firsthand knowledge of the things that Mark wrote about.
I find myself stunned at the power of these questions to cut into my soul. I’d love to hear which question most jumps off the page and leaves you pondering as you read today.
25 Questions that Jesus asks in the good news according to Mark
- Why are you thinking these things? (Mark 2:8)
- Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? (Mark 4:21)
- What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? (Mark 4:30)
- Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith? (Mark 4:40)
- What is your name? (Mark 5:9)
- Who touched my clothes? (Mark 5:30)
- Why all this commotion and wailing? (Mark 5:39)
- Are you so dull? (Mark 7:18)
- Don’t you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him ‘unclean’? (Mark 7:18)
- Why does this generation ask for a miraculous sign? I tell you the truth, no sign will be given to it. (Mark 8:12)
- Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember? (Mark 8:17-18)
- When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up? (Mark 8:19)
- When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up? (Mark 8:20)
- Do you still not understand? (Mark 8:21)
- [To the blind man] Do you see anything? (Mark 8:23)
- Why then is it written that the Son of Man must suffer much and be rejected? (Mark 9:12)
- What were you arguing about on the road? (Mark 9:33)
- Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? (Mark 9:50)
- What did Moses command you? (Mark 10:3)
- Why do you call me good? (Mark 10:18)
- What do you want me to do for you? (Mark 10:51)
- Why are you trying to trap me? (Mark 12:15)
- Do you see all these great buildings? (Mark 13:2)
- Are you asleep? (Mark 14:37)
- Could you not keep watch for one hour? (Mark 14:37)