Answering a Question With a Question

When the chief priests and elders asked Jesus what His authority was, He answered them in this manner, “I also will ask you one thing, which if you tell Me, I likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things…” (Matthew 21:24).
He had to show that they were not in the same frame of mind that He was. He also had to show them that their inability to understand or to accept the answer that He would give.
Just because they asked Him a question did not mean He could not ask them a question. By asking His question, he showed them their bias and incompetence in arriving at the truth. They were dishonest and had no intention of truly knowing where He derived His authority.
They only sought to entrap Him and He would not walk into their trap.

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