“Oh, is He a Galilean?” Pilate asked. When they said that He was, Pilate sent Him to Herod Antipas, because Galilee was under Herod’s jurisdiction, and Herod happened to be in Jerusalem at the time. Herod was delighted at the opportunity to see Jesus, because he had heard about Him and had been hoping for a long time to see Him perform a miracle. He asked Jesus question after question, but Jesus refused to answer. Meanwhile, the leading priests and the teachers of religious law stood there shouting their accusations. Then Herod and his soldiers began mocking and ridiculing Jesus. Finally, they put a royal robe on Him and sent Him back to Pilate. (Herod and Pilate, who had been enemies before, became friends that day.)Luke 23:6-12
I hope you had fun with this portion of Luke. I have compiled the questions for you. Most of my own and some that some of you sent in. I didn’t include the personal soul searching questions either, just the straight text related questions. I will then give you the time to ponder some or all of these questions before I comment.
The resultant questions:
- Why is that only Luke records this phase of the trial before Herod Antipas?
- Why do Matthew, Mark and John omit this stage of the proceedings? It seems like it ought to be significant.
- Why is it so significant that Jesus was Galilean?
- Ian, why do they say He is Galilean when Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea?
- I noticed that “Galilean” is not in all versions Ian, Why is that?
- Why did Pilate send Jesus to Herod?
- Why was Herod so pleased for the chance to talk with Jesus?
- What were the questions Herod asked? Why so many questions?
- Why did Jesus refuse to answer Herod?
- Were Herod and Pilate enemies before this?
- How was it this incident of the trial before Herod ended up making Herod and Pilate friends?
- Why did they put a royal robe on Jesus? And whose royal robe did they use?
- Are these the same priests and teachers of the law and solders who were present at the earlier trial phases?
That’s a good lot of questions to help steer your investigation. Take time to ponder them before you read the following Gem with my responses.
I trust these questions will lead you to some insights of your own. I haven’t included any application questions and none of you sent me any application questions.
- How does this apply to me?
- Is there anything in this passage that I need to apply personally?
The application level is something you should always seek out and apply. What is in this for me personally? I gave you a number of those kinds of questions in the last Gem and won’t repeat them here.
Meekness is not weakness, it’s strength under control.Joel Osteen
If you think being meek is weak trying being meek for a week.Ian Vail
Self-centeredness makes everything else a means to an end.Tim Keller
If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to build theirs.Rika Kartiika
Do something everyday for which you don’t get paid. It strengthens your heart.Anon