Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Proclamation of the Parable of the Net

Scripture: Matthew 13:51-52

"Have you understood all these things?" They said to Him, "Yes." And Jesus said to them, "Therefore every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household, who brings out of his treasure things new and old." 

Insights:  These verses tell us the proclamation of the parable of the net.  The verb “understood” literally means to put it together.  In other words, Jesus is telling them to put it all together.  Put it together that this form of the kingdom has good and evil going together.  That the good is going to continue to permeate, continue to grow, continue to influence.  That in order to be a part of the kingdom you have to purchase it by giving all you have for all Christ is.  It is as if Jesus is asking them, “Do you see that it's going to go along like this with good and evil until the end and then comes a final separation? Do you have it?”  And I believe Jesus accepted the correctness of their affirmative answer, otherwise He wouldn't have said what He did in verse 52.  Jesus discipled and trained them, now they were prepared to go out and proclaim this good news.  The imagery of verse 52 portrays a man who is the head of his house. And this man has a storehouse and out of that storehouse he dispensed to people their needs.  They needed a certain kind of food, they needed a certain kind of clothing, they needed a certain kind of care, whatever it was they needed, he dispensed.  He was wise enough to dispense the new and the old.  He did this so that the old would not become useless. That's an interesting verb that's used here to describe the dispensing of goods.  It literally means to fling out, or to scatter abroad. In other words, you've got all these treasures now, fling it out.  In other words, this head of the household is so rich that he is able to give liberally to those in need.  Beloved, now that you've been discipled and now that you are trained biblical scholars and teachers fling it out, give them the Old Testament and the New Testament in perfect balance.  If you can't get your heart motivated about the fact that people are dying and going to hell every second you breathe, then there's something wrong.  That's the epitome of selfishness.  Our Christianity today has lost this urgency and lavishness somehow.  Spread the good news.  Tell the world about the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

  1. Are you telling others about the amazing love of Jesus?
  2. Do you need the Lord to soften your heart to make it more pliable to share the love of Jesus?
Prayer: Father, help me to see the world with Your eyes.  Give me the courage and boldness to share Jesus with those lost and perishing.  Amen.

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