Here is a great post! At least I learned a few things.
Here is an example. Salvageable explained Matthew 22:11-13, and I got it. The light bulb went on.
One of the odd things about Jesus’ parables is that the meaning of a parable was often designed to be obscure. Jesus apparently did not want those who were unwilling to make the effort to see Him and to hear Him, that is, to understand His teachings.
So, when I understand a parable, I do so with some relief. I want to know God.
Of course, there are other reasons we might not understand a parable. It has been two thousand years since Jesus’ death and resurrection. Jesus spoke a different language, and He lived in a different culture. So, we often have to work to understand the cultural references.
It seems God wants us to work to understand Him. Fortunately, that work is easier when we share what we have learned.
My thanks to Salvageable for sharing.
Philip Jacob Spener was a pastor and theologian in the seventeenth century (the 1600s). He was born and raised during the Thirty Years War, when his homeland of Germany was devastated by fighting between Protestants and Roman Catholics following the Protestant Reformation of the Church that began with Martin Luther in the sixteenth century. Spener believed that the Church needed a second Reformation, turning away from so-called “dead orthodoxy” and focused on Christ-like living. Like many preachers from other times and other places, Spener said that Christian faith should be a matter of the heart and not a matter of the head.
Here is a quote from Spener’s “Pia Desideria”: Let us remember that in the last judgment we shall not be asked how learned we were and whether we displayed our learning before the world; to what extent we enjoyed the favor of men and knew how to keep…
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