This morning I was reading this passage from Matthew 21: 23 – 27(NLT)
When Jesus returned to the Temple and began teaching, the leading priests and other leaders came up to him. They demanded, “By whose authority did you drive out the merchants from the Temple? Who gave you such authority?”
“I’ll tell you who gave me the authority to do these things if you answer one question,” Jesus replied. “Did John’s baptism come from heaven or was it merely human?”
They talked it over among themselves. “If we say it was from heaven, he will ask why we didn’t believe him. But if we say it was merely human, we’ll be mobbed, because the people think he was a prophet.” So they finally replied, “We don’t know.”
And Jesus responded, “Then I won’t answer your question either.
It struck me that Jesus was saying to the Pharisees, “If you want to talk truth, OK. But if all you are out for is to devise the best and safest answer to that question, forget it. I know what you are really thinking and you are not fooling me. I know you are not saying “I don’t know” because you are honestly admitting you don’t know. You really don’t know and could not therefore comprehend the truth of who I am.”
There seems to be some thread in this whole encounter concerning speaking the truth. Jesus couldn’t tell them the truth because they would not even comprehend it. They didn’t’ really know what they were asking. How could they deal with his answer if they were not even looking for truth – just political correctness.
Sometimes we may also be hindered from speaking the truth to others because they will not understand our answer. They may just be looking to see if we have the politically correct answer. If we come out with an honest answer to a loaded question will it be understood? Maybe those questions can only be answered honestly if we know the questioner well enough to know what is on their heart.
Just musing a bit on what all this might mean.