Finding God in the Mystery of every day

024701 Finding God in the Mystery of every day.

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Matthew 13: 10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”

11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables:

“Though seeing, they do not see;
    though hearing, they do not hear or understand.

14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:

“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
    you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
15 For this people’s heart has become calloused;
    they hardly hear with their ears,
    and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
    hear with their ears,
    understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’[a]

It took me a long time to suss put the meaning behind these verses. They follow Jesus’ parable of the sower and the footnote references the prophesy of Isaiah. What does he mean? It seems that this and another famous passage, the one concerning “old and new wineskins” (ibid 9:16) are referring to the same things from two different perspectives. The old pattern of worship leading to personal righteousness was broken, misinterpreted, even to the point of being perverted and misdirected into wrong and sinful priorities.

            Then, along comes Jesus with all of His manifestations of authority through power to change things and suddenly the whole world is turned upside down. I guess the question for all of those who claim to love Jesus today is; Am I trapped in a prison of my own thinking and habits about how we follow Him?

Speak, Lord, I’m listening

Plant your word down deep in me.

Speak, Lord, I’m listening

Please show me the way.

Gary Ault

LML

Published by larry7253

Larry M Lawrence is an author, composer, Musician, retired pastor, and lives in Missouri with his wife Jane.

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