Afraid to Ask

And they departed thence, and passed through Galilee; and he would not that any man should know it.  For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day.  But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him.

Mark 9:30-32

As the disciples went with Jesus, He started to teach them and tell them what would happen to Him in the near future.  He would be delivered into the hands of men, he would be killed, and then he would rise on the third day.  This was, of course, a hard thing for them to hear and an even harder thing for them to understand.

Jesus was the Messiah.  They believed in Him.  They had left everything to follow Him and now He was saying that He would be killed.  I’m sure that was a tough pill to swallow.  Then He told them that He would rise again the third day.  I’m sure that was an even tougher pill to swallow.  They had seen Him perform some wonderful miracles, but rising from the dead and conquering death is something that nobody had done before.  That would require some serious faith.  They didn’t understand what He was telling them.  But I want to focus for a minute on what they did with their lack of understanding.

“…and they were afraid to ask him.”  I can understand that Jesus might have been an intimidating figure.  But why would they be afraid to ask him about something they did not understand?  We should never be afraid to ask Him to help us understand His Word.  Many people say that they don’t read the Bible because they “can’t understand it.”  If you don’t understand  the Bible, go to the One Who wrote it.  We should never be afraid to ask Him for understanding because He is ready and willing to give it.

8 responses to this post.

  1. So true Ben! We remain afraid that our asking will what?…bring Heaven crashing down around our ears? I am so glad we serve a God who is never thrown of guard by our questions!


    • I agree. God is never surprised by our questions because He knows our very hearts. The disciples were apparently unaware that Jesus already knew what they were thinking. We just need to come to Him. I’m glad He lets us come to Him!


  2. Thanks Ben

    ” But why would they be afraid to ask him about something they did not understand? ”
    I Good question 🙂

    I would have been afraid pretty much the same way I was afraid to ask my parents for guidance and direction when I had made wrong decisions. Although I knew that they loved me, I felt like I had failed and would rather try and figure my way out than ‘bother them with my issues.’ If I had life to live all over again, I would have done much differently!!

    The years have taught me much, and now that I have a better sense of having a relationship with Him. I don’t worry much about asking Him questions these days 🙂



    • I agree. There were times I was scared to death to ask my dad something, but, looking back, I should have just asked instead of bumbling around trying to figure it out myself. If only we could have youth with the wisdom of “experience.” 🙂


  3. P.S. —————— > 😉

    Thanks mucho.


  4. Thank you for encouraging us to ask, Ben, and not let that stop us from going to Him! God bless you as you go to Jesus with everything today!


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