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Lent Week 3 - Tuesday of Holy Week

Tuesday of Holy Week

Leaders Challenge the Authority of Jesus

Who do you think you are?

What about taxes?

What about heaven?

They try to TRICK Jesus.

Trick Questions

(Answers at end of email and in video)

  1. What are two things you can never eat for breakfast?

  2. What do you sit on, sleep on, and brush your teeth with?

  3. What five-letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?

  4. Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday?

  5. What gets sharper the more you use it?

  6. There are three important rooms in a house. The first one is filled with money. The second one is filled with important papers. The third one is filled with jewelry. One day all of these rooms burst into fire. Which room did the policemen put out the fire in first?

  7. How many animals did Moses take into the ark?

  8. Name four days of the week that start with the letter “t”?

  9. Where is there an ocean with no water?

  10. How can a door be not a door?

  11. What is the coldest country in the world?

  12. What moves faster: heat or cold?

“Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. 48 YET they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.”

 -Luke 19:47-48

What about Jesus’ Authority

 “Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. By what authority are you doing these things?” [Who do you think you are?] they asked. “And who gave you this authority?” 24 Jesus replied, “I will also ask you one question. [It is often said that you don’t answer a question with a question, however, it also can be said that you don’t have to answer all questions just because they are asked.] If you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. “Was it from heaven, or of human origin?” They discussed it among themselves [away form Jesus] and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 26 But if we say, ‘Of human origin’—we are afraid of the people, for they all hold that John was a prophet.”27 So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.” [Silenced his opponents] Then he said, Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

 -Matthew 21:23-27


 Jesus is always in control.


People ask questions because they want something.


The questions we should ask ourself…

What do they want?

What are they looking for?

What are they really asking?

Do I need to “Read between the lines”?

Kinds of Questions


1. Questions of Clarification”.

Most common questions

(People are looking for legitimate answers)

We do not have to be afraid of these.

Note: These are not the kind of Questions the leaders asked Jesus.


2. “Gotcha” Questions. 

(Meant to nail someone.)

Ie. The Leaders wanted to nail Jesus

3. Questions of “Intent”. 

(To find out where they’re coming from)

ie. Pastor, do you believe that the ___ is still relevant today?

“Oh, why do you ask?” [Social issues of the day]

“Is there something specific that you were wondering about?”

4. Questions to “Re-direct”.

(To gain control)

This is what Jesus did here.

“Then he said, Neither will I tell you…”

What about Taxes

  “Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. [“Gotcha”] 16 They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth

Note: Often times “Gotcha” Questions are disguised by flattery to catch you off guard.

What Jesus is really saying is, Why are you giving me a “Gotcha” Question?


You hypocrites, now let me give you a “Re-direct Question”


19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, 20 and he asked them, “Whose image is this? [A “Re-direct” Question to gain control] And whose inscription?” 21 “Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” 22 When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.”

 -Matthew 22:15-22


Note: They were only amazed because they had grossly overestimated their own wisdom and intellect.

What about Heaven

(Marriage at the Resurrection)

“That same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question. 24 “Teacher,” they said, “Moses told us that if a man dies without having children, his brother must marry the widow and raise up offspring for him. 25 Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and since he had no children, he left his wife to his brother. 26 The same thing happened to the second and third brother, right on down to the seventh. 27 Finally, the woman died. 28 Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?

Their Question was a “Gotcha” question, but not to get Jesus.


They disagreed with the Pharisees who believed in resurrection and heaven.


They tried to “Triangle” Jesus, get him on their side and make the Pharisees look bad.

29 Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. 30 At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. 31 But about the resurrection of the dead—have you not read what God said to you, 32 ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.” 33 When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at his teaching.”

-Matthew 22:23-33

Q: As we read about Tuesday of Holy Week, are you astonished at the wisdom of Jesus?


Q: When will you read more, study more, and contemplate more the words of Jesus?

Q: How can you better recognize questions

1. Questions of “Clarification”

2. “Gotcha” questions.

3. Seeing the intent of people in their questions.

4. Recognize and utilize “Re-direct” questions when they are needed.

Trick Questions (Answers)

  1. Lunch and Dinner

  2. Chair, Bed, Toothbrush

  3. Short

  4. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow

  5. Your brain

  6. None of them, because policemen do not put out fires; firemen do.

  7. None because Moses was not on the Ark

  8. Tuesday, Thursday, today, and tomorrow.

  9. A map

  10. When it’s a JAR

  11. Chili

  12. Heat because you can always “Catch” a cold.

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