THE KEY PARABLE – Introduction

Here is “The Key Parable for Understanding the Mysteries of the Kingdom” and all other parables. I can’t over emphasize enough how important is the learning of this parable. This is a familiar parable but you need to understand this parable and the role of this parable in interpreting all of the other parables and everything that Jesus taught by way of parables. Actually everything He taught by parables, though it appears to us to be many different subjects, all of them relate to just one subject. And until you see that disclosed through the teaching of this parable, you will handle them as if they do not relate. But all of them relate to the reign of God. All of them relate to the gospel of the kingdom. And once you see that you will understand many of the parables a bit differently than you have understood them in the past. And, you’ll also discover the key for understanding the mysteries. As we have touched on before, God has not intended for everyone to understand this teaching. He purposefully hid it. So it’s important for you to grasp this parable. This parable is a key parable because it unlocks many doors once you understand the fundamentals of this parable. And Jesus makes that point. That’s were we are going here.

Blind But Seeing & Seeing But Blind –

But first we are going to begin with a little spiritual exercise that deals with how we perceive something and how we see things. We find it in the Gospel of John chapter 9. And we’re going to read verses 39 – 41.

And Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, so that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.”

Those of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these things and said to Him, “We are not blind too, are we?”

And Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; since you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.”

And this exercise has to do with seeing, and of course, seeing the things of God.

“For judgment I came into this world, so that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.”

The things that get in the way of our seeing, oftentimes, are what we have seen in the past, what we are holding to be a correct view, what we’ve determined is the right perspective.

It’s like trying to give someone something whose hands are full. Have you ever talked with someone and there was just no room to get into the conversation? Or it would seem that there was room but after you’ve said your little bit you soon realize they didn’t hear a thing you said. All the while you were talking they were preparing their next statement. Their hands were so full that they could not receive anything. And that little symbolism, that little analogy there, that little parable is true in many areas we will look at, in terms of seeing, in the text in this chapter. True ‘seeing’ is being able to see the things that God wants to show us. And Jesus is making it very clear; He’s not suggesting that these Pharisees referred to in John 9 do not see. He’s not suggesting that they have no truth. But being blinded by what they have seen keeps them from going on with God.

Many in the church could be 30 or 40 years in the Lord but they are really still infants and babes in the Spirit. What they originally saw they took as the whole picture and everything they needed. What they now see is keeping them from the fullness for which they were first introduced to the Gospel. Some of the reasons churches stagnate, is that they have a teaching on baptism, or they have a teaching on the Lord’s Supper, or they have a teaching on salvation, and it is not the whole picture; it is a narrow, little picture. And because they have accepted it as the whole picture, they cannot see anything else.

It’s like we’ve accepted that our grandmother and grandfather are saved because they did such and so. And our view of salvation is such that what our grandparents did proved to us was that everything was alright. But it might have been that everything was not alright with grandmother and grandfather, or Aunt Hilda, or Uncle Joe, or even Momma or Papa. But because we have seen them as alright we cannot see anything else that might suggest that possibly that view of salvation which included them may be an inadequate view of salvation. And because we’ve seen it that way and we’ve identified that view as the truth, and it includes Momma and Papa, we can’t afford to see anything that might exclude them. I’m coming through, aren’t I? You all have dealt with some of these things before.

Well, Jesus is making it very clear to those to whom He is teaching what His teaching is about. He says, “I did not come to judge” (see John 3:17). And yet in John 9:39 He says “it’s for judgment that I came.” And in that text that says, “I did not come to judge,” He ends up saying, “the words I have spoken, they will judge you” (see John 5:30 & 8:26, 31-32). It’s the truth here. “That which I am speaking to you,” Jesus is saying, “will judge you.”

We have got to always present ourselves to the Lord choosing blindness, becoming blind. That’s how the phrase in verse 39 says it: “and that those who see may become blind.” We have to choose the position of saying to the Lord, “Lord, we’re closing our eyes. Although we’re not erasing things from our memories, and we’re not denying what we’ve already seen, but we are putting it back; we’re putting everything we hold dear back.”

And I can say to you, I don’t know how the Lord did it in me, but I am almost 180 degrees on almost everything I believed after I left Bible College. I mean, I was preaching then, and yet, had the Lord not struck me blind, really putting me into situations where He dealt with me so that I could not see, I would have been in trouble. I had to become blind in order to see. And Jesus is saying here that that is the place for seeing. “In that you say that you see, you’re blind. What you have seen already, blinds you so that you cannot see anymore.”

Being Blinded By Light –

It’s like at night the lights of a car that’s coming blinds us from seeing everything else that’s out there. And if you have poor night vision, (and as you grow older some have real problems with night vision) you will have a hard time seeing anything other than the light that’s out there in front of you. The key to driving at night with the oncoming car’s lights is to not look at the lights. It’s to look at the lines in the road that will take your focus off the oncoming lights both mentally and visually. And sometimes when you’re caught off guard with a car coming around a curve and all of a sudden you’re blinded by that, and it appears that you cannot see anything, but if you can concentrate and focus and look for the lines, all of a sudden not only do the lines appear, but much more appears and the lights that are coming at you fade out of your range of vision. The lights will seem to dim and you will be able to see clearly again.

Jesus is saying here that to really see the things of God you will need to become “blind” to everything else. You need to lay aside the distractions of the world, not deny them. I need to make it very clear that I am not suggesting that what you see is not true. I’m just suggesting you need to set your seeing aside and let what He is showing you speak for itself. And maybe what then appears does not connect with what you already believe because what He is showing you may seem contradictory. And you cannot read the Scriptures without recognizing that there are many places in the Gospels that it appears that what He is saying is contradictory to other truths, but they are not. But just embrace, “it’s true,” because your inability to connect it does not make it untrue. And as you are going to learn in this chapter, there is a secret for learning how to connect the truths of Scripture.

God wants to connect it for you. But you cannot connect it if you are judging it solely on the basis of the light that you have already received. The light that you already have seen may blind you to what else God is trying to show you. Jesus isn’t suggesting that the scribes and Pharisees were absolutely devoid of all truth. He’s not suggesting that they were ignorant of everything. He’s just saying, “It’s because of your view of the prophets, and especially because of your view of the prophesies concerning the Messiah that you cannot see Me.”

They did have the prophecies. But something else they were seeing kept them from interpreting what they were seeing as being valid which was right before them in Jesus Christ. There were even those who, upon discovering who Jesus was, still opposed Him. For example, when He raised Lazarus from the dead it was from that day that the Jewish leaders plotted to kill Jesus and Lazarus as well. That takes a bit of something, you know, brass, to stand before God and try to explain why you tried to kill the evidence, the supernatural evidence. But there is that kind of self pride and self preservation of the old man. In trying to save their life they kept losing it.

In Seeing Your Sin Remains

It is in setting aside what we’ve already seen that enables us to see what Jesus is trying to show us. Once again in John 9, verse 41:

Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but since you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.”

You can have the truth and end up in sin because you will not look at more truth. Your half truth, your inadequate truth, can end up keeping you from walking in the light. So it’s important that whenever we come through the things of God, reading the Scriptures, hearing a teaching, reading a book, listening to a tape or CD, or just being quiet before Him, to understand the truth of what the Holy Spirit is speaking to us we must believe it regardless of how it may contradict what we already know. Not only have we already talked about knowing, “he that is willing to do, he shall know,” we’ve talked about entering in, and now we’re talking about seeing, and we’re going to talk about several other issues that are like these that require our coming to a place of insufficiency so we will know the truth.

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4 Responses to “THE KEY PARABLE – Introduction”

  1. brotherjohnny Says:

    Jerald, I am really glad that you are posting these messages.
    This is really very, very good.

  2. Jerald Says:

    Thanks for your encouragement, Johnny. It means a lot.

  3. Indian Lake Papa Says:

    IT is almost humorous how we think we see but our vision is blinded. I remember getting my first pair of glasses. I thought I was really just fine – until after the exam. Then when I Got the glasses – wow – what a difference. We really need to study God’s Word and listen to really see. We can be blind and not even know it.

  4. Jerald Says:

    Papa, thanks for stopping by.
    You know, I’ve read the Bible through many times but it seems like there’s always something new in it for me. I guess I just wasn’t ready to “see” it until it was revealed to me.
    Have you ever had that happen? You read a Bible text that and exclaim, “Wow, I’ve never seen that before!”

    By the way, I looked at your site and realized that my first car was a baby blue 53 Plymouth sedan. My first new car was a 62 two door Chevy Malibu with a 350. Boy would it run.

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