Here's  just a thought...

Many of the most difficult questions begin with “Why”. All of us must have experienced such question to which, at the time, we were unable to answer. The continual questions of a child can be a little exhausting to a parent. It´s the ´Why? Why? Why?´ type of question we are thinking of. Questions like, “Why is the sky blue?”, “Why is the grass green?”, or even “Why do I have to put my coat on?”. The child believes that the parent has the answers to all those conceivable questions out there.

To some questions there is an easy answer of course. To the question: “Why do I have to put my coat on?”, the answer is: “Because it is cold outside.”  Another answer that parents use sometimes in the hope that it puts an end to the ´why´ type questions is: “Because I say so.”. 

We have been considering the ´why´ questions that we find in the Bible. There is such a wide array of such questions. They come from the lips of Jesus, his disciples, the apostles and the ruling authorities in Israel. There are rhetorical questions too. Seeking answers to these questions help us to gain a deeper insight into God´s Word and can serve as a guide for us in our life too. 

A question that is often asked is:  “Why did Jesus have to die?”  We are told that Jesus did no sin, yet he knew he was to suffer and die upon the cross. He knew what the will of his Father was. Jesus also knew that he would be raised from the dead. 

The book of the Psalms is a great source from which we can develop some understanding of many of our “Why” questions. Psalm 9 says ´The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” 

 

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