Coming of the King: Week 27
- 13:1 The house where Jesus was staying was conveniently near the "sea".
- 13:2 The acoustics of the locations where Jesus addressed
large crowds have been measured by sound engineers, like
of the Sermon by the Sea.
- 13:9 "ears to hear" - the message of the parables was for a
certain audience. But it was also for an unwilling audience,
who although they refuse to hear or believe what they see,
still the parable sneaks into their heart.
- 13:11 "to them it has not been given" - the Jewish leaders
were not able to accept that John was Elijah or that Jesus
was the Messiah. So now the Kingdom goes underground.
In the parable, literally.
The Messianic Kingdom has been delayed, and the operation
of it's underground form is presented in a way that only
true citizens can understand.
- 13:15 "they might turn and I would heal them" - when the Gospel
writers say Jesus "could do no great miracle because of their
unbelief", it was not because the "force of faith" was
the source of power. He was certainly capable of doing great miracles,
but this would do more harm than good because of their unbelief,
as the Dwarfs in Narnia ended up bruised and bleeding when
Aslan did a miracle for them at Lucy's request to help them.
- 13:16 "blessed are your eyes" - the Christian is not truly happy
until he is roused from sleep by the Spirit prodding their
- 13:25 Notice the Sower was not sleeping, but his servants.
"Awake O sleeper!"