Listen and Question

Re:Verse reading–Luke 2:39-52  (day two) 

Then, after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. vs. 46

What later would become the hallmark of Jesus’ teaching is clearly evident in this twelve year old boy. Listening and asking questions. How often would the 30 year old version of Jesus confound the disciples, the pharisees, or crowds with questions: Who do you say I am? How many fish are there?  Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins have been forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? Jesus would always direct the thinking of others with questions. These questions reveal not only whether you have the knowledge, but also what your heart truly values. Perhaps we can listen and ask more questions when speaking with others. What do you think?

Author: Aaron Hufty

Aaron Hufty is the Associate Pastor for Worship and Music at FBCSA.

One thought on “Listen and Question”

  1. What do I think about listening and asking questions? Listening is an art and questioning is both an art and science. Listening and questioning are two critical skills of effective oral communication. They are required business skills, the ability to listen and the ability to ask questions!

    Have you found yourself saying, “they heard me but I don’t think they understand what I was saying?” Why? People heard you but do not understand your message because they did not actually and actively listen. We may find ourselves in that “hearing but not listening” mode because we don’t want to understand. “Listening and questioning” is the art of teaching or learning.

    For most of us who have taken a communication and leadership class, we should have learned that hearing is the physical ability while listening is a skill. Listening skills allow one to make sense of and understand what another person is saying. One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening what another has to say or is saying. In other words, listening skills allow us to understand what someone is talking about, the meaning behind the words. We don’t learn from talking; we learn from listening. We can’t ask questions without critically engaging our minds.

    “The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge”~~Thomas Berger

    Jesus was an intelligent young man. God gave him those spiritual and human relation skills. He gained knowledge by asking questions. How amazing it is for one at his age! I hope people will listen with the intent to understand and to ask questions for learning purposes. Without actively listening and asking questions for building the knowledge-base, we cannot learn and grow! No questions are stupid if the intent is to understand and to learn. Merry Christmas to all!

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