We said that a parable essentially is a comparison, it's putting something alongside something else to compare. He is like an oil-burning lamp that burns and shows forth light. I am the light of the world. What could you do, if only you had the nerve, courage, resources? This patience is the opposite of all the sin-based responses of those whose faith died within. You agree you will not distribute, publish, transmit, modify, display or create derivative works from or exploit the contents of this site in any way; except that you may print and distribute a page or pages in their entirety, providing the same have not been edited or modified by you in any way or form. You remember, and this is fundamental in our study of parables, that parables were originally to be heard and not to be read. While the bridegroom was delaying, they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
Instead, we should let it shine! Three easy steps to start your free trial subscription to Bible Gateway Plus. We are going to hear the same words He spoke to His disciples many, many years ago! Is this the life you were put here to live? It is a measure for grain. Truth and light will manifest themselves, and what is hidden will become known. We will lose even what we think we have. You know that lamps don't come anywhere, lamps are inanimate objects, but it seems that Mark is trying to signify that this lamp is a person, and this person has a purpose in coming to light the house.
We like to keep things fresh. And when we shine our light for Him, we are bringing God to everyone around us. But it does reinforce the importance of obedient response, as we saw in the parable of the sower. Fear of man brings a snare, the Bible says, and we know about it today in our politically correct society. Here's the question the Lord Jesus poses: is a lamp brought into a house to be set under a basket, or put under a bed; or is it not brought in to be set on a candlestick, a lampstand, so that that light may shed abroad in the whole house for the greatest benefit? You see, the purpose of the parable was for opposite effects - on the one hand, the parable was to make truth more clear to those who had hearts to hear; but the converse was that, on the other hand, parables make truth more obscure to those who lacked spiritual discernment and concern.
Lord, help us, help us, help us, deliver us from ourselves. You agree that you will not submit anything to the site that will violate any right of any third party, including copyright, trademark, privacy or other personal or proprietary right s. Some people, even commentators and Bible teachers, have interpreted this parable inaccurately because they have confused Mark's parable here in verses 21 to 25 with the Lord's use of the same metaphor, a lamp, a bushel, in different a context. What to do about it, at the level of the individual? That light of life is kindled in us by the word of God. Why is that a bad habit? Light one candle on a candle stand of 4 or 5 and then turn out the lamp and the lights.
The tape I found was of the Synoptic Gospels week five, circa 1987. Therefore, because Jesus has spoken the word of the Kingdom and sown it in men's hearts - the parable of the sower - and because we need to have ears to hear, that means hearts that are good soil, not hearts that are crowded by the affairs of this life, the desire for other things; not hearts that are shallow and when difficulty, persecution and temptation come along, we fall; not hearts that are so hard, opening them to other things that make them hard by the trampling of the flesh, the world and the devil over our hearts that we cannot even receive the word of God; but good hearts. Provide each parent with a notecard that has Mark 4:21 written on it. Then in Acts again, in Acts 20 verse 27, you remember Paul was leaving the Ephesian elders, and he says these words: 'I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God'. It exhorts one to take heed of what a person hears, i. Open men's eyes that we encounter, that they may see in our lives the light of the gospel of the truth of Christ held forth, for His glory. What is this saying to us? The person is, of course, the Lord Jesus - and as John put it in John 3:19, He is the light who is come into the world.
The light is not to be hid Secondly, the purpose of lighting a lamp is not to conceal the light, but to illumine a room so that those who enter can see. As Philippians 2 puts it: 'He was in the form of God, and thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, took upon him the form of the servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Some will hear it and not understand, in others the Word will see a little growth, in others the growth of the Word will be choked, but in still others the Word will produce a crop of obedience, a changed life, and a fruitful ministry. In other words, it means food. Again the responsibility is put on the shoulders of the hearer. What does this mean in the Twenty-First Century? Your life will be transformed by studying the parables of Jesus Christ.
Send Message Embed Code Add this video to your website by copying the code below:. This is an important and topical little story. If, that is, you're ready to find yours. You are pretending to be His disciples today. Of course, His purpose in coming was to shine: 'I am the light of the world'. Did they hide it, even under the pressure of persecution and death itself? Now again, we have repeated this as we've looked at these parables, the Lord is laying down a principle that every time you receive a fresh truth from God's word and you allow it to become real in your life, you can be sure that God will give you more truths to live out.
And both Mark and Luke mention the bed. If that were your purpose, you wouldn't light it at all. So that evening I popped it in the tape deck, and wow, I was having a great time learning new things, and getting a refresher on others. There is something there that you don't want to obey, and you plateau or even go downward'. I do appreciate you making everything right! The same principle is found for example in the parable of the talents in Matthew 25 which concludes in v.
The Pope doesn't say a lot of things that are true, but one thing he did say recently that is true is that we live in a Christ-o-phobic society, a society that will tolerate anything and everything but Christ. Do you want to know more about the Bible? When it was dark enough to light a lamp, you'd set it high enough to illuminate everything around --- on a shelf in the stone wall of your home or on a wooden lampstand in the center of the room, allowing 360 degree illumination. God does not tempt man see James 1:13 but does allow man to be tested. Wildfires in Tennessee have temporarily displaced thousands of people fleeing from the destruction. One servant increased the talents he had. Now is the time to disclose and proclaim the wisdom of God that is now revealed in Jesus Christ.