I have taken various personality tests and found from the last one that my dominant trait is that of a processor. I tend to chew on facts and ideas and mull them over in my head before I come to my own conclusions. One might equate this to the common verb of REASONING. This comes as no surprise for the daughter of a Mathematics teacher. Pondering was just innate for me. REASONING as defined by Merriam-Webster is the process of thinking about something in a logical way in order to form a conclusion or judgement.
Reading the parable of the paralytic who had friends that opened up a roof to lower the man in front of Jesus to be healed is a very familiar story as recorded in Mark chapter 2 verses 1-12. The lengths that these friends went for this man were astonishing. I missed something though after Jesus forgave the man’s sins. You see among all those present in the audience were some known as scribes. To paint a clear picture of a Jewish scribe-They were presumed to also be Pharisees. Scribes had a deep knowledge of the law and had the ability to draft various legal documents. Their business was to study the law, transcribe it, write commentaries, and interpret legal accounts. Basically scribes were like lawyers. Mark 2:6-12 NKJV reads, And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, “Why does the Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they had reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, “Why do you reason about these things in your hearts? Which is easier to say to the paralytic, Your sins are forgiven you, or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”-He said to the paralytic, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”
The Scripture points to the scribes REASONING in their hearts. REASONING in the Greek from Strong’s Concordance #1260 is dialogizomai-which means to reckon thoroughly, to deliberate, reason, dispute, cast in the mind, muse, think, consider. They were quietly playing the lawyer game in their own hearts-REASONING with themselves if you will. Not with each other-themselves. Jesus even perceived in His spirit they had done this. Matthew Henry’s commentary clearly spells out the conundrum the scribes had. For the scribes did not believe Jesus to be the Son of God; however since God alone knows our thoughts, and if Jesus knew their thoughts, then it proved Him to be God. This became very troublesome to them.
Had they taken to heart the words of Isaiah 1:18a NKJV, they would have had a clearer understanding. It says, “Come now, and let us REASON together,” says the LORD. The word reason in the Hebrew here is #3198 yakach-to argue, to decide, justify or convict, reprove, rebuke, correct, plead, chasten, convince. They had God in the flesh standing in front of them. Had the scribes not been so prideful of their own knowledge and using it as the basis for their own argument, as if anyone will argue against themselves, they could have REASONED together with Him. At the very least, they should have opened their hearts in prayer for God to reveal the truth. No doubt they would have been convicted, rebuked, and convinced. God would have directed them to His Son in whom He was well pleased.
Before we dismiss this as another Bible story or criticize the scribes, I’m challenging us to look at our own hearts. How many times have we processed or REASONED in our own hearts various questions or doubts, leaving God out? What about decisions to be made or problems that needed fixing? How many times did we use our own logic? As God, He is well aware what is going on inside our hearts when we vainly attempt at our own feeble knowledge. I know I have REASONED with God when the fruit of my trust in His counsel is peace as opposed to anxiety, worry, and the need to control. Come now, and let us REASON together with the One who has the answers, and not just any answer, but the best answer for any question we have, even if we haven’t seen it manifest yet.