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Preparing the Way for Jesus, Part 61

In this parable Jesus is addressing something far larger than disgruntled servants or, in our case perhaps, grumpy employees. Jesus is talking about that which is at the core of the problem. The core of the problem is that servants, who know what is expected of them, have no grounds for being disappointed if they are not praised for doing exactly what they are told to do. In other words, if they are fulfilling only their duties for which they are responsible, then they are doing the least possible in return for what they need to survive (clothing, shelter, food, etc.). In addition to everything else. not only must this servant come in from working in the fields, and not only must they “prepare” supper for their master, which is quite different than pulling a Swanson frozen dinner from the freezer and popping it in the microwave, they must dress properly.

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Preparing the Way for Jesus, Part 60

There is but one way to understand the Holy Scriptures, and that is by way of the Holy Spirit interpreting them for us. Prior to salvation we can read and understand the words and yet the meaning of those words are lost upon us. The words of a Holy God are simply too “big” to fit into our ears and too “deep and thick” in meaning to be absorbed by a brain that is already predisposed to reject him.

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Preparing the Way for Jesus, Part 59

Jesus says there are only two masters from which to choose on earth: money or Him. The parable of the rich man reinforces the previous parable of the dishonest manager and the emphasis Jesus placed upon the improper use of worldly resources. We can view this next parable as the galvanizing of the essence of the previous parable. The Pharisees are the rich man, Lazarus is the faithful, and Abraham represents God.

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Preparing the Way for Jesus, Part 58

The parables were designed for Believers. They were not stories that Jesus created because the general public was unable to understand the meaning of Jesus’s words during the first two years of his earthly ministry. In other words it was not out of desperation that Jesus resorted to this type of teaching. On the contrary, Jesus was now teaching at a different level for the sake of “winnowing” the wheat from the chaff. The early teachings of Jesus were geared toward an inclusive audience while the parables were aimed at an exclusive audience

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Preparing the Way for Jesus, Part 57

This is the third message on the Parable of the Prodigal Son. • The youngest son represents the “lost’ who repents of his sins and receives Christ. • The father represents Jesus who takes upon himself the guilt and shame of those he saves. • The oldest son represents the Pharisees to whom Christ is speaking.

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