Luke 20:7 They Could Not Answer

Luke 20:7 (KJV)
And they answered, that they could not tell whence it was.

Interestingly they answered that they could not answer. 

Notice the crowd:

  • The chief priests 
  • The scribes
  • The elders 

These were the people in Israel one would have thought had the answers. The Bible makes it very clear why they could not provide one. They were worried about the consequences of their answer. They reasoned among themselves what would be the repercussions of whatever answer they gave and so chose to give no answer. 

I think this problem plagues more preachers than we imagine. We may have an answer from the Bible, but we are keenly aware that whatever answer we give will come with consequences. 

There is an answer the inquirer is not mature enough to embrace
Paul addresses this issue in Romans and the subject of meat. Though I might know a thing is biblically true, I need to be aware that not all believers have this same level of understanding. 

There is an answer the inquirer does not want to hear
Proverbs, I believe, teaches us to let the inquirer dip out the counsel rather than our just pouring it all over them. If they are not reachable, hold your tongue.

There is an answer that is our opinion and not strictly biblical
And in those cases, we ought to admit it and be flexible if not teachable ourselves.

The best way to address each of these issues is by avoiding one on one counseling and teaching and insist instead on the inquirer getting their answers from the public preaching. If they are not listening there, they will not receive what we might give privately.

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Luke 20:7 They Could Not Answer

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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