Mon, 16 September 2013
September 8, 2013
Synopsis: Jesus taught in parables. Part of the reason has to do with how we learn. “Stories” are a very effective way to communicate truths. Jesus used stories to help us understand truths we often don’t want to hear. He wasn’t the first to use stories in this manner (Psalm 78:1-8). In fact there are many examples in the Old Testament. Parables force the hearers to see and understand truths from a different perspective. God’s!
“Everybody Knows!” Have you ever heard those words spoken at your gossip fence? Most everybody knows how this works. People are stereotyped according to their actions or the actions of others with whom they share some particular identity. Stereotypes are often imprinted on family members or relatives because of the actions of others. Racial, ethnic, religious, socioeconomic prejudices all come about as a result of what “Everybody Knows.” Maybe you shouldn’t “judge a book by its cover”, but it seems everybody does. Jesus taught us not to judge people on the actions of others.
It may not be surprising that people like stereotyping other people, but what amazes me is that many of those people don’t particular mind fulfilling the role others have projected on them. Here again, Jesus taught us not to act like other people say we should, but to be faithful to what God the Father knows about us.
Jesus wants us to realize that God the Father does not see or judge people as other people do. That is the lesson drawn from His parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector (Luke 18:9-14).
Scripture Text (NLT): Psalm 78:1-8 NLT & NRSV; Matthew-17, NRSV; Luke 18:9-14, NLT.
Scripture Reading: Luke 18:9-14