From Rev. Eric…

May 22, 2024

I rejoice in questions. I have often said that a lively and robust faith asks many questions. Jesus asked over three hundred questions. Should we not emulate him with a few questions of our own?

And then there are the timeless questions asked in scripture. Pilate asking Jesus, “What is truth?” [John 18:38] comes first to my mind, followed closely by the lawyer’s question of Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” [Luke 10:29] The first question asked in scripture is also a good one: “Where are you?” [Genesis 3:9] In the next chapter of Genesis, Cain asks a loaded question of God: “Am I my brother’s keeper?” [Genesis 4:9] Jesus’ question from the cross resonates deeply in the midst of all suffering: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” [Matthew 27:46]

God has a few questions of God’s own. In chapters 38 and 39 of the Book of Job, God asks Job over 70 questions beginning with, “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?” [Job 38:4]

Do these timeless questions of scripture have answers that change over time? Are there questions with immutable answers? Perhaps what is most important is to keep asking the questions.

Rev. Eric