Faith of Jesus Daily Devotional - Day 54
Matthew:13:31-35 The Parable of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast
Previous Context: devotion:Matthew:13:24-30 The Parable of the Weeds
What is God doing?
"All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them"
It is this devotions belief that the Father is telling the Son Jesus to do this. The parable has been explained as a device to express great truths to those that the message is meant for, but to hide it from those it is not. The question becomes why would the Father be hiding anything when the very souls of a great many depends on it and the answer is that they are not ready to receive it. Many will receive the meaning, just not yet.
"I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world"
Now we must begin to ponder what secrets He might be referring to. What is man not seeing or what does he not know? Who or what is keeping whatever this is secret? We have some indications from several other scriptures:
- nkjv@2Corinthians:4:4 gives us the indication that the god of this world has blinded the minds of them that believe not. We know now that Jesus was sent by the Father to destroy the works of the devil, as promised from the beginning to crush the head or rule of the serpent.
- nkjv@Romans:1:28 describes a people having once known God given over to a reprobate mind because they did not like to retain God in their knowledge.
- nkjv@1Corinthians:1:21 explains that the world by it's wisdom knew not God. John latter concluded that they have been blinded by darkness. This dove tails on the statement made in Genesis that man fully believes the deception that because of his disobedience that his eyes have been opened to knowing good and evil and that to some extent he is become a god in his own eyes.
- nkjv@Romans:8:7 puts it that the carnal mind is enmity against God.
- nkjv@1Corinthians:2:14 adds that the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
- nkjv@John:3:20 explores the sad fact that men will not come to the light lest their deeds be reproved.
- nkjv@John:16:12 the Lord tells even His loyal disciples late in the ministry that there are many things yet that He needs to tell them but at that point in time they would not be able to bear it.
So you can see just from these few scriptures that there is some very pronounced and sticky things to be considered by us as we attempt to decipher todays meaning.
We know that from very early on in the Garden that the Father has been working hard to establish both our desperate need for a Savior and the path laid out for HIS Savior redeem us from this present darkness. The Law has been given to show us the depths of our despair and futility. The recorded history given in the scriptures is a history of God's frequent reaching out to a people and their frequent despising and turning away from HIM, the lack of any sustaining power for us to do as God so compassionately wills us to do. The great prophets that the scriptures have put into our remembrance, those that the nation has built memorials to, were themselves disbelieved/persecuted and even killed for their attempt to declare such great and spiritual things. The disobedience and rebellion of the nation to God has driven them right into the hands of the polytheistic and promiscuous Romans and just a few more generations from the utter destruction of the temple and lowly Judea.
What has been proven to be known is the very nature of our sin and the promise fulfilling role of Jesus the Christ. What has been revealed is that we are at enmity with all things spiritually discerned. What is yet to be revealed is how to go about in this life living spiritually, living escaped from the drunken corruption that is this world and this world lusts after to be, how to take Jesus into our hearts word by word, bring our works into the light and turn away from the corruption that all of those works still hold.
What is man doing?
"The kingdom of heaven is like"
When the words are heard "kingdom of heaven" there a whole host a various notions that are raised in the crowds collective mind. Some are thinking the restoration and return to dominance of the nation Israel and with that notion comes many various thoughts and expectations of how that might be done. What they are not thinking is that the very heart of man has to first be completely turned around, turned inside out, made anew; it's motives and intents must be laid at the foot of our Lord's cross and left behind as if dead so to pick up the spiritual motives and intents and therefore actions.
That the kingdom of heaven is described as such a small thing is a matter of our own perception, that it could be so much larger in part resides on our desire for God's larger revelation. That it can fill the loaf and raise the whole loaf up is it's blessing even upon those yet to believe amongst us all. Yet even today we purposely scale it down so as to not offend the carnal, to not jeopardize our temporal good standing.
What does a multitude know? Do multitudes ever stabilize the situation or know to do right? The multitudes that are presently following Jesus, will they be there behind Jesus when the time comes for them to stand against the Pharisees' false accusations and for Him and all that He has done for them then do what is right? Why is it then that we take notice and give credence to the voice and leanings of multitudes?
What does this passage tell us about the about the commands and faith of Jesus that saints are to keep/guard?
What we are being asked to keep is something that we have to consider ourselves not originally having. It is not something held traditionally (at least likely no longer), not something evident to all, something that we can formulate by our own good motive and intention and resource, not even something of the majorative opinion. We simply do not have this that we are supposed to keep unless Christ Himself gives this to us.
There are many who have lived their lives striving to keep/continue the religious status quo, perhaps even that which was revealed to others long ago. This is not to mean that the original revelation long ago to them was wrong, it is to mean that by the time it has gotten to us it likely has been scaled down and corrupted. We have lived in the blessings of these great revivals and redirecting, but our tendency is to slowly make something other of these great moments and movements. At the time these saintly men and women were pressed upon by the driving need to get back to the spiritual understanding of the scriptures; they feed upon these scriptures to grow in the things of their generation that were obviously missing. Their reliance upon these refreshed/reset understandings made for the opportunities that God was able to carry out through them. At numerous times these great works have occurred because of the saints keeping to the truer uncorrupted/uncompromised truths of the scriptures seeking the honest revelation of these secrets from Christ's Holy Spirit.
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