Friday 4th October 2019 Prayer Devotion
Scripture Reading:- Matthew 13:10-17
Topic:- Why Jesus Speaks In Parable
Text:- Mark 4:10-11
What of this story: Ruth went to her mail box and there was only one letter. She picked it up and looked at it before opening, but then she looked at the envelope again. There was no stamp, no postmark, only her name and address.
She read the letter, “Dear Ruth, I’m going to be in your neighborhood Saturday afternoon, and I’d like to stop by for a visit. Love always, Jesus.”
Her hands were shaking as she placed the letter on the table. “Why would the Lord want to visit me? I’m nobody special. I don’t have anything to offer.”
With that thought, Ruth remembered her empty kitchen cabinets. Oh my goodness, I really don’t have anything to offer. “I’ll have to run down to the store and buy something for dinner.”
She reached for her purse and counted out its contents. Five dollars and forty cents. Well I can get some bread and cold cuts, at least.” She threw on her coat and hurried out the door. A loaf of French bread, a half-pound of sliced turkey, and a carton of milk.
Leaving Ruth with grand total of twelve cents to last her until Monday. Nonetheless, she felt good as she headed home, her meager offerings tucked under her arm.
“Hey lady, can you help us, lady?” Ruth had been so absorbed in her dinner plans, she hadn’t even noticed two figures huddled in the alleyway.
A man and a woman, both of them dressed in little more than rags. “Look lady, I ain’t got a job, you know, and my wife and I have been living out here on the street, and, well, now it’s getting cold and we’re getting kinda hungry and, well, if you could help us, lady, we’d really appreciate it.”
Ruth looked at them both. They were dirty, they smelled bad and frankly. She was certain that they could get some kind of work if they really wanted to.
Sir, I’d like to help you, but I’m a poor woman myself. All I have is a few cold cuts and some bread, and I’m having an important guest for dinner tonight and I was planning on serving that to him.”
“Yeah, well, okay lady, I understand. Thanks anyway.” The man put his arm around the woman’s shoulders, turned and headed back into the alley.
As she watched them leave, Ruth felt a familiar twinge in her heart. “Sir, wait!” The couple stopped and turned as she ran down the alley after them.
“Look, why don’t you take this food. I’ll figure out something else to serve my guest.” She handed the man her grocery bag. “Thank you lady. Thank you very much!” “Yes, thank you!” It was the man’s wife. Ruth could see now that she was shivering.
“You know, I’ve got another coat at home. Here, why don’t you take this one?” Ruth unbuttoned her jacket and slipped it over the woman’s shoulders.
Then smiling, she turned and walked back to the street, without her coat and with nothing to serve her guest. “Thank you lady! Thank you very much!”
Ruth was chilled by the time she reached her front door, and worried too. The Lord was coming to visit and she didn’t have anything to offer Him. She fumbled through her purse for the door key.
But as she did, she noticed another envelope in her mailbox. “That’s odd. The mailman doesn’t usually come twice in one day.”
Dear Ruth, “It was so good to see you again. Thank you for the lovely meal. And thank you, too, for the beautiful coat. Love always, Jesus.”
The air was still cold, but even without her coat, Ruth no longer noticed that she was sweating heavily. She then began to thank God for the opportunity.
The Key To Understanding This Difficult Passage:
Is found in Jesus’ motive for using parable. Since the parables were given to explain spiritual truth. Those who had already rejected Jesus did not have divinely enlightened minds with which to perceive these truths. And no amount of explanation would make them understand. See 1 Corinthians 1:27; 2:14.
They could watch and hear Jesus with their physical eyes and ears, but they were not capable of understanding the truth in their heart because they had rejected him. In other words, the people do not hear and see because their hearts are full of wickedness. Consequently, they fail to understand the truth that has been given them. See 2 Corinthians 4:3-4.
They are so opposed to God’s message that they hardened themselves against it lest they should happen to understand it and ask forgiveness of God. Once they reject Jesus, they also reject the possibility of understanding the parables that Jesus told. See Isaiah 55:6-8.
1. Oh Lord my God! Reveal deeper things to me henceforth, in the name of Jesus Christ.
2. Give me oh God, deeper revelation into your words, in the name of Jesus Christ.
3. Oh Lord my God! Give unto me excellent spirit and gift, just as you did to Daniel of old, in the name of Jesus Christ.
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