Understandest thou what thou readest?

Understandest thou what thou readest?

In Acts 8:30 Philip finds a man reading ‘the bible’ and asked him, “Understandest thou what thou readest?” Let me also ask you the same, do you?

Jesus also asked, “Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.” John 8:43

Sometimes you have to diagnose self, and obtain a clear understanding of what you wish to achieve, and Jesus here wants to know if at allow you understand, his speech and doctrine. The act of generating solutions should be distinct and separate. Gone are the days we used to generalize people’s problems and tried to solve them with one specific solution in mind. Let the uniqueness of the situation become clear and be person centred.

Anyway, understandest thou the things of God? If you don’t, then seek help – don’t continue like that, ignorance has no defence.

Some believers try to demonize people who ask questions, but is it scriptural? Here we find Jesus using the same questioning technique to carefully examine the motivation, reasoning and purpose underpinning some of our problems. “Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.” The reason for asking is so that he may help you by focusing correctly on your need right from the very outset. Once focus has been açhieved it is then possible to analyse the problem in more detail and help you accordingly.

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