Wednesday September 23, 2008
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
"Receiving the Truth "

Observing God communicating through metaphors and figures of speech helped you recognize Gods Truth and parables are now activated to help you receive it. Receiving the Truth is receiving God’s message and Mark 4:21-25 KJV is where you begin with a parable showing you the importance of Receiving the Truth:

[21] And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick?

A candle, like God’s Word gives light and with neither being hidden, lights your way.

[22] For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.

Not hidden is obvious as God’s Word is no secret; it is openly shared with you.

[23] If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.

The moment you are ready, and not a minute before, God will open your ears; your job is putting forth the effort and His supplying the understanding.

Putting forth the effort requires caution on your part as man’s word is just as ready to receive you:

[24] And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.

By measuring your ability to understand, God never overloads your wagon; He knows when you hear, what you hear, and when you are ready to receive. The next verse of this parable tells why your effort to receive is so important:

[25] For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.

Growing in wisdom comes with understanding God’s Word as increased understanding is cause for God to give you more; not understanding and not trying to receive leads to losing what you have.

Receiving the Truth requires understanding the figures of speech, metaphors, and parables that Christ uses; Matthew 13:34 KJV tells that He teaches no other way:

All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:

Parables and metaphors are God’s way of teaching and like Christ, you use them too. Looking back you can see yourself using the same simplicity and clarity that Christ uses to teach. You used matchsticks, elephants or anything else you could come up with to teach your little ones to add and subtract and…ah, well…God uses those same techniques and simplicity to teach His little ones.






Parables like metaphors play an important role in Receiving the Truth and God’s Word is where everything takes place; Luke 6:39 KJV is a parable showing what happens to those that rely on man’s word:

And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?

Receiving the Truth requires Recognizing the Truth and God’s Word is ready to receive you.

Do you hear Him calling?



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