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CHRIST'S METHOD OF TEACHING

A) JESUS USED, HAVE YE NOT READ?

B) JESUS REFERRED TO THE LAW OF MOSES.

C) WHEN JESUS ASKS A QUESTION.

D) JESUS TAUGHT HOW TO ANSWER:  IT IS WRITTEN.

 

 

A) JESUS USED, HAVE YE NOT READ

 

 

The first STAND-OUT thing to notice about how our Lord taught is, “have ye not read.”  Notice in particular what usually follows after that question; or statement, depending upon the audience or silliness of the person or persons our Lord is addressing.

 

 

Matthew 12:3:  “But He said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him.”

 

Matthew 12:5:  “Or have ye not read in the Law, how that on the Sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless?”

 

Matthew 19:4:  “And He answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female.

 

Matthew 21:16:  “And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say?  And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings Thou hast perfected praise?”

 

Matthew 22:31:  “But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying.”

 

Mark 2:25:  “And He said unto them, Have ye never read what David did, when he had need, and was an hungred, he, and they that were with him?”

 

Mark 12:10:  “And have ye not read this Scripture; The Stone which the builders rejected is become the Head of the corner.”

 

Mark 12:26:  “And as touching the dead, that they rise:  have ye not read in the Book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?”

 

Luke 6:3:  “And Jesus answering them said, Have ye not read so miuch as this, what David did, when himself was an hungred, and they which were with him.”

 

Luke 10:26:  “He said unto him, What is written in the Law? how readest thou?”

 

And by insinuation, Luke 24:27:  “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself.”

 

 

B) JESUS REFERRED TO THE LAW OF MOSES

 

 

Jesus always falls back on, or brings forward, depending upon the situation, “The Law of Moses,” which is in reality His Law that He gave unto Moses.  So many to list.  Here are a few:  Matthew 8:4; 19:7-8; 22:24; 23:2; Mark 1:44; 7:10; 10:3; 12:19 & 26; Luke 2:22 (parents of); 5:14; 10:26; 16:29 & 31; 20:28 & 37; 24:27; 24:44; John 1:45 (His disciples); 3:14; 5:45-46; 6:32; 7:19; 8:5; 9:28-29.

 

John 7:22-23:  “[22] Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision; (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers;) and ye on the Sabbath day circumcise a man. [23] If a man on the Sabbath day receive circumcision, that the Law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at Me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the Sabbath day?”

 

 

C) WHEN JESUS ASKS A QUESTION

 

 

It is well noted throughout Scripture (Old Testament included), that Jesus (God) would usually ask a probing question of His hearer.  Beginning with Genesis 3:19:  “Where art thou?”  As if God (Jesus) did not know.  Jesus’ questions were always designed to make the suppliant consider his/her ways.  Such as John 8:10:  “where are those thine accusers?  Hath no man condemned thee?”

 

Jesus could also form His questions in a way that wasn’t stated as a question, but in reality, was.  Take for example the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well.  Jesus states, “Go, call thy husband,” John 4:16, causing her to reflect.  This brings into mind latter that Jesus is the promised Messiah; the reason Jesus talked to her.

 

Anyone should be able to see that whenever Jesus asked a question, He is in a way, manipulating his responder to consider their answer and its consequences.  That is what He hoped to gain from the Pharisees and Sadducees. However, with not much success for them; but with success at times for His audience.  The reason and purpose Jesus even got into conversations with them, knowing they were not going to respond to the Holy Spirit.

 

Study Jesus’ questions well and you will learn a lot.  Enjoy your studies.

 

 

D) JESUS TAUGHT HOW TO ANSWER:  IT IS WRITTEN

 

 

Joshua 8:31; Second Samuel 1:18; First Kings 2:3; Second Kings 23:21; Second Chronicles 23:18; 25:4; 31:3; 35:12; Ezra 3:2, 4; 6:18; Nehemiah 8:15; 10:34, 36; Psalm 40:7; Isaiah 65:6; Daniel 9:13;

 

Matthew 2:5:  “And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,”

 

Matthew 4:4:  “But he [Jesus] answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

 

Matthew 4:6-7:  “[6] And saith unto Him, If Thou be the Son of God, cast Thyself down:  for it is written, He shall give His angels charge concerning Thee:  and in their hands they shall bear Thee up, lest at any time Thou dash Thy foot against a stone. [7] Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thous shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.”

 

Matthew 4:10:  “Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan:  for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.”

 

Matthew 11:10:  “For this is He, of Whom it is written, Behold, I sen My Messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.”

 

Matthew 21:13:  And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.”

 

Matthew 26:24:  “The Son of Man goeth as it is written of Him:  but woe unto that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It had been good for that man if he had not been born.”

 

Matthew 26:31:  “Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of Me this night:  for it is written, I will smite the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.”

 

See also such passages as:  Mark 1:2; 7:6; 9:12-13; 14:21 & 27;

Luke 2:23; 3:4; 4:4 & 8 & 10; 7:27; 19:46; 24:46;

John 6:31 & 45; 12:14;

Acts 1:20; 7:42; 15:15; 23:5;

Romans 2:24; 3:4 & 10; 4:17; 8:36; 9:13 & 33; 10:15; 11:8 & 26; 12:19; 14:11; 15:3 & 9 & 21;

First Corinthians 1:19 & 31; 2:9; 3:19; 9:9; 10:7; 14:21; 15:45;

Second Corinthians 4:13; 8:15; 9:9;

Galatians 3:10 & 13; 4:22 & 27;

Hebrews 10:7;

First Peter 1:16.

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