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Luke 8:4-8:21

I read a commentary that brought out an interesting point on the parable of the seed. Jesus could have easily articulated his words as He spoke to the crowd so effectively that all would have heard what He was saying and understood it, but He didn’t. The reason He didn’t speak effectively and convince the crowd was because He did not want to overpower people’s freewill. Jesus could so easily have made everyone He came in contact with a believer but He never crossed the line of our own freewill. Imagine the power of Jesus which He is holding back until the appointed time when He just lets it all go.

March 28th

In the NT reading, Jesus tells the parable of the sower. The disciples ask what it meant. Jesus says of the parables:

Luke 8: “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’” (ESV)

The Reformation Study Bible says of this incident:
“Here in Luke the disciples' question refers only to this parable, not to Jesus' larger ministry (cf. Mt 13:10; Mk 4:10). Jesus refers to the "secrets" of the kingdom (the only time this word is used in the teachings of Jesus). Elsewhere in the NT "secret" (mysterion) refers to the purpose and plan of God, which he works out phase by phase in human history and through the church. The issues of the problem of evil, suffering, and the delay of vindication will be resolved when God finally reveals his "secret." The "mystery or "secret" is only revealed by God's sovereign grace to his people.”

This use of the word mysterion does not imply that Jesus had secret teachings, such as some Christian Gnostic sects were fond of claiming. The secret is in plain site, within the parables of Jesus. Jesus also reveals over time his being the Messiah.

In Deuteronomy 29: 29 it is said:

“The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. (ESV)
God reveals what is needed to his people; no more and no less. He gives us the knowledge of salvation through his Word (AKA- the Sufficiency of Scripture) and knowledge of his existence is proclaimed by creation itself (natural revelation). There are no secret teachings for a few special believers only. Even the book of Revelation isn’t sealed.

Parables work to keep those who are not meant to understand them from doing so. Those who are members of the Kingdom will have their heart opened to Jesus’ words:

“Regarding "others" (those outside the kingdom; see Mk 4:11), Jesus quotes from Isa 6:9 and utters a teaching in accord with the consistent principle in Scripture that those who fail to respond to a saving word from God will find that they are not only under judgment for rejecting what they have heard, but that they are unable to understand further truth (cf. Jn 3:17-19; 9:39-41; Ac 28:26-27; Ro 9:17-18). For such, the very parable that reveals truth to some hides it from them.” from the Expositor’s Commentary (Abridged) New Testament

We are given the sufficient information we need, as believers, to keep God’s Word as citizens of the Kingdom.

Psalm 145:10–13

All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD,
and all your saints shall bless you!
They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
and tell of your power,
to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds,
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures throughout all generations.

[The LORD is faithful in all his words
and kind in all his works.] (ESV)

...and in Revelation 11:

15 Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.” (ESV)

…and Revelation 11:17–18


“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,
who is and who was,
for you have taken your great power
and begun to reign.
The nations raged,
but your wrath came,
and the time for the dead to be judged,
and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints,
and those who fear your name,
both small and great,
and for destroying the destroyers of the earth.” (ESV)

Maranatha! IC -|- XC

Prayer for Today:
Lord, save our persecuted Christian family from despair when persecution washes into their lives and all seems lost. Remind them to call on you. You save! Amen.

I love how the Lord doesn't affect our freewill. And as much as He wants to nudge us and gives us several hints and truths , he ultimately gives the decision to us! That's amazing!

I love Deuteronomy in how it recaps Moses human heart and the realness of God. He was angry at the people however He listens to us as we intercede for others as a foreshadowing of Jesus. That's amazing

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