Today’s Date: January 19, 2010
Reading: Gen 39-41:16, Matt 12:46-13:23, Psalm 17:1-15, Proverbs 3:33-35
S – Scripture:
Matthew 13:10-13 (New Living Translation)
10 His disciples came and asked him, “Why do you use parables when you talk to the people?”
11 He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secrets[a] of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not. 12 To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them. 13 That is why I use these parables,
For they look, but they don’t really see.
They hear, but they don’t really listen or understand.
O – Observation & Interpretation:
What is a parable? Basically it’s a story. Jesus told stories to his disciples so that they would have a better understanding of his teachings. When his teaching was met with ‘unbelief’ he began teaching in parables so that whoever heard his teachings would have a better understanding and increases their knowledge.
For a detailed definition click this link to Smith’s Bible Dictionary online: http://tinyurl.com/bible-parable
Here’s an excerpt from Smith’s:
For some months Jesus taught in the synagogues and on the seashore of Galilee as he had before taught in Jerusalem, and as yet without a parable. But then there came a change. The direct teaching was met with scorn unbelief hardness, and he seemed for a time to abandon it for that which took the form of parables. The worth of parables as instruments of teaching lies in their being at once a test of character and in their presenting each form of character with that which, as a penalty or blessing, is adapted to it. They withdraw the light from those who love darkness. They protect the truth which they enshrine from the mockery of the scoffer. They leave something even with the careless which may be interpreted and understood afterward. They reveal on the other hand, the seekers after truth. These ask the meaning of the parable, and will not rest until the teacher has explained it. In this way the parable did work, found out the fit hearers and led them on. In most of the parables it is possible to trace something like an order.
A – Application:
In doing my devotions I am able to pray first to ask the Lord to better understand His direction. I am able to understand the Word of God based on stories (parables) that Jesus and his disciples have written. I can use bible commentaries and messages to gain understanding and use the same teachings I have learned through to share with others so that they also may come to understand God’s truths.
P – Prayer:
Father I ask for your forgiveness for my sins. I seek your knowledge and understand in your Word. I ask that you guide me through prayer, your Word, messages from your messengers, and the Holy Spirit that lives within me. Thank you for your grace and mercy. In Jesus name, amen.
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