Some questions are accusations

01.21.2017 – New Testament: Matt 15.1–2

To read the Bible in a year, read Matthew 15.1–20 on January 21, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

You have had someone ask you a question that revealed their bias. They hoped to trip you up, because they were not genuinely seeking information nor did they seek to learn more about you, but they wanted to see you fall. Jesus knows all about that, because His enemies did it to Him all the time, such as in this case,

Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, “Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread” (Matthew 15.1–2). 

Their question revealed their bias against Jesus, and against His disciples, and for the tradition of the elders. They were actually accusing Him and His disciples of breaking the tradition of the elders. The elders ruled their spiritual lives rather than the word of God, and their question showed it!


  • Why do you ask people questions?
  • How do you handle accusations veiled as questions?

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