If you asked me … well actually, even if you didn’t ask me … I’d tell you my opinion. This probably doesn’t describe you but I have an opinion about everything. (I’m not knowledgeable about everything I just have an opinion). Of course, my opinion is right … as in the correct opinion as opposed to the incorrect opinion.
Jesus often came face-to-face with people like me. Opinionated people. Jesus undoubtedly wished he could reform their faulty view for their own good but often, also, opinionated people—like me—can’t hear and don’t listen.
Here’s some fun with multiple choice answers to Matthew 9: 12,13 (New Living Translation—N LT. http://www.studylight.org).
The scene is Jesus behaving like Jesus. Jesus has offended those who felt it was their sacred calling to defend truth as they had defined it. Jesus was misguided and they were enlightened. This was their opinion. So Jesus explains his position: (–Fill in the blanks–)
Verse 12: When Jesus heard this, he replied, “Healthy people don’t need a _____ [a) doctor, b) 401k, or c) vacation]—sick people do.” Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to be _____ [a) obedient, b) merciful, or c) stingy]; I don’t want your sacrifices.’ For I have come to call _____ [a) the rich, b) the poor, or c) sinners], not those who think they are already good enough.”
It’s a,b,c right? There’s treasure in Jesus’ words … it’s his opinion that matters.