Have you noticed that Jesus hardly ever gave a straight answer to a question? I think we can learn a great deal from the way he refused to pander to idle curiosity, but instead gently probed the attitude and intention of the questioner. Here are some examples:-
Mt 18:1ff “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
A – He called a little child and had him stand among them.
Mt 21:23 “By what authority are you doing these things?”
A – “I will also ask you one question.”
Mt 22:28 “…at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?”
A – “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.” Mar 12:18ff
Mt 27:11 “Are you the king of the Jews?”
A – “Yes, it is as you say.”
N.B. This is the only instance I can think of when our Lord seemed to give a straightforward answer to a question. And yet, under the circumstances, his answer was decidedly not straightforward!
Mt 27:13 “Don’t you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?”
A – ‘But Jesus made no reply.’
Mar 2:18 “How is it that John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees are fasting, but yours are not?”
A – “How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them?”
Mar 4:38 “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
A – “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
NB he answered first with a deed, v39; he spoke to their real need, rather than directly to their question; he answered with two rhetorical questions.
Mar 7:5 “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with ‘unclean’ hands?”
A – “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites…”
Mar 10:17 “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
A – “Why do you call me good?”
Mar 12:28 “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
A – “The most important one is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.'”
Lk 10:29 “Who is my neighbour?”
A – The parable of the Good Samaritan.
Lk 13:23 “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?”
A – “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door.” (A practical answer to an academic question)
Jn 6:25 “Rabbi, when did you get here?”
In view of what had just happened, we would have expected the crowd to ask, “How did you get here [to the other side of the lake]?” In any case, Jesus ignores the question, and says, “I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.”
Jn 7:15 “How did this man get such learning without having studied?”
A – “My teaching is not my own. It comes from him who sent me.”
Jn 9:2 “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
A – “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.” (Jesus was asked about the cause; he answers in terms of the purpose)
See also how Jesus encouraged questioners, Mar 12:28-34; Jn 16:19.