Shine the Light

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Here’s today’s rather illuminating selection:

He said to them, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand so that those who come in can see the light? For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.”

“Consider carefully how you listen,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you — and even more. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”

(Mark 4:21-25, Luke 8:16-18)

Why Parables?

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Yesterday, we discussed the Parable of the Sower. Today, the disciples have a question for Jesus:

The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”

Don’t Get Wrapped Up

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One day, Jesus was sitting by a lake. A huge crowd gathered around him so he got into a boat, sat down and began to teach them from there.

Here’s what he said:

Jesus’ Family

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Who is Jesus’ real family? Here’s how Jesus answered that question:

While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him, but they could not get near to him because of the crowd. Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.”

He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

(Matthew 12:46-50, Mark 3:31-35, Luke 8:19-21)

THE Sign

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Jesus gave sight to the blind, opened the ears of the deaf, made the lame walk, healed the sick and raised the dead. Apparently, that wasn’t enough for the religious authorities:

Some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.”

The Heart of the Matter

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Today’s question: Was Jesus demon-possessed or Spirit-led? You be the judge:

They brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. All the people were astonished and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”

But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.”

Great Forgiveness, Great Love

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A Pharisee invited Jesus to dinner. They were joined by an unexpected “guest”:

A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.