Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 2 Study # 2
January 18, 2009
Lincolnton, N.C.

<498> Thesis: There is a danger in holding the Truth at bay even for just a little while. Introduction: It was the point of our study last week in Luke's presentation of Jesus' use of parable in light of His calling to set up a caution regarding our participation in the actions of the multitudes of people who were seeking Jesus out. It was the very people who were making some level of real effort to go to Jesus who were treated to the "parable" with the clear declaration that Jesus intended for them to not understand. The people were seeking Jesus. The way Luke presented this fact indicates that he wanted his reader(s) to do the same. But what is the point of seeking Jesus if, after you have found Him, He deliberately makes it hard for you to understand Him? To answer that question, we tried to make a case that had two parts: on the one hand, "difficulty" has its place in the edification of the saints; and on the other hand, it is a fact that God often responds to people "in kind". Regarding the first, the overcoming of a problem is precisely how spiritual strength develops. This has illustrations everywhere in our world, the most basic of which is the development of a muscle by subjecting it to resistance, And regarding the second, who can blame God for reacting to people as they react to Him? If God initiates a "good" and men respond with "evil", at some point God is going to yield to their evil and give them what they demand. When Jesus responded to the multitude's efforts (to travel the miles necessary to get to Him) with a parable, He was, essentially, giving them to opportunity to remain in the ignorance of Him that they persisted in demanding. It is one thing to seek Jesus out in order to enter into His "Life"; it is altogether another thing to seek Jesus out in order to get Him to perpetuate the lies of "life". This morning we are going to pursue this train of thought a bit further down the track. When the disciples asked Jesus, "What might this parable be?" (8:9), Jesus responded with a statement that is found in several places in the Old Testament This morning we are going to look into that Old Testament principle and consider the setting in which Jesus used it and draw a conclusion that will serve us as a second caution. When we put off doing what we know is the right thing to do, we are placing ourselves in serious danger.