Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
Skeptics (Part 2)
The Good Kind
Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the Name of the Lord, she came to test him with hard questions... and when she came to Solomon, she spoke with him about all that was in her heart. So Solomon answered all her questions; there was nothing so difficult for the king that he could not explain it to her.
1 Kings 10:1-3 (NKJV)
Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.
Luke 2:19 (NKJV)
The word 'skeptic' comes from a Latin word meaning 'inquiring, reflective.' So once upon a time, skepticism was a good thing. Kept to its original meaning, it still is. The queen of Sheba was skeptical. She tested King Solomon with hard questions.
This pagan queen wanted to see if Solomon's wisdom was real. It was, and by her inquiring mind, she recognized the divinity of God. Because God says, 'Test all things; hold fast what is good' (1 Thessalonians 5:21). Jesus gave this queen a place of honor in the New Testament.*
Other Bible heroes went straight to God for their answers: Job complained to God. Abraham contended with God. Jacob wrestled with God. Moses pleaded with God. Jeremiah accused God. Habakkuk questioned God. David groaned, praised and commissioned God.**
As a Man, Jesus was questioned repeatedly--even sarcastically. Nevertheless, several Jewish leaders and eleven original disciples, followed by countless others, came to believe in Jesus as the Son of God--by His actions, but also by His Answers.***
Mary, His earthly mother, embodied a more subtle form of skepticism. As a thinker, she meditated on the startling events of her life. 'Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart' (Luke 2:19).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: you will be questioned by skeptics. Some may be determined doubters, but others will be the good kind: the kind that will inquire and reflect upon your actions and words. In either case:
'Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect' (1 Peter 3:15). Don't be defensive. Don't be offensive. Just be sincere, and God will supply your wise answers.
By your revolutionary conduct in media, some will come to believe in the revolutionary Leader you follow.
To Be Continued...
* Brief article on the queen of Sheba: http://www.gotquestions.org/Queen-of-Sheba.html
** Job complained to God: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Job+23%3A1-7&version=NKJV
** Abraham contended with God: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%2018:16-33
** Jacob wrestled with God: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%2032:22-32
** Moses pleaded with God: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+32%3A9-14&version=NKJV
** Jeremiah accused God: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah%2020:7&version=NASB
** Habakkuk questioned God: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Habakkuk&version=NKJV
** David challenged God: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+30%3A8-9&version=NKJV
*** The Wise Scribe: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+12%3A28-34&version=NKJV
*** The Wise Pharisee (Nicodemus): http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+3%3A1-21&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Skeptics series.