Chapter # 6 Paragraph # 5 Study # 29
May 18, 2008
Lincolnton, N.C.

<436> Thesis: Exalting ourselves above our Master is beyond foolish. Introduction: Last week we looked into Jesus' "parable" about how effective it is for the blind to accept guidance from the blind. The major bugaboo in that parable is the identity of the "blind". There was a song years ago that popularized this concept ... but it was not even close to "Christian". These days everyone uses it to castigate those who disagree with them. The book of Proverbs makes this statement: every man's way is right in his own eyes (21:2), but it also says this: the way of a fool is right in his own eyes (12:15). In our study we saw that Jesus' concept of "blindness" had three parts: a disregard for the claim that the Creator God has spoken to men in the words of human language; a disregard for the meaning of the words that God has spoken to men; and the use of the words that God has spoken to build one's own personal glory base. It is this last issue that is going to dominate our thinking for several weeks as we continue in our study of Jesus' sermon. It was Jesus Who decided to wind up His teaching with the challenge of 6:46 and its inherent assumption of resistance. It shows an assumption on His part that the call He was making was not going to be well received. It's not that His call asks "too much"; it's that His call demands "everything". Just keep in mind that not only were there only 2 out of a group of well over a million people in the first generation of God's deliverance of people from Egypt that actually believed Him, but there was not even 1 out of all who witnessed, and received benefit from, the life of Jesus who believed His claims the day after He was crucified. Faith is not "easy"; but unbelief is never justified. Why? What is the major stumbling block to faith? The answer is in the text before us.