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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Tares and Wheat

For years I've thought that the parable about the tares and the wheat was a real story. It's a parable.

Mat 13:9
Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Mat 13:10
And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?

Mat 13:11
He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

Mat 13:12
For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

Mat 13:13
Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

Mat 13:14
And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

Mat 13:15
For this people's heart is waxed gross, and [their] ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with [their] eyes, and hear with [their] ears, and should understand with [their] heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

Mat 13:16
But blessed [are] your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

Mat 13:17
For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous [men] have desired to see [those things] which ye see, and have not seen [them]; and to hear [those things] which ye hear, and have not heard [them].

I'm blessed that God hasn't come and spoken to me out of a whirlwind yet. There are so many questions that I have, but so many more that he's answered sometimes by reading these parables. If you look through all the bad things that have happened in your life, if you'll just open your eyes and see, had just one bad thing changed in your life, odds are you would never have known the person who is closest to your heart. God is always willing to restore us, even if we allowed ourselves to be broken down, but we have to let him. If we never let him, then we don't get the good that comes out of the bad.

For years I couldn't understand why very few people could see the good or why I was always so quick to be able to see it. There are some people in my life that would rather blame God for letting bad things happen instead of seeing that the bad had to happen so he could give them the good. He had a perfect plan. Depending on how you were raised, you were taught to ask "what would Jesus do", but because we are human, as we get older we start controlling what we think are the "little things" in our life and then we start thinking we can control the bigger things in our life too. Eventually, we only talk ask Jesus what he would do when we need something.

If you sit back and imagine that you are the person who has all the answers about the laws of physics. And if you can, imagine that you knew how much pressure there, how much magnetic force here, how much oxygen there, just the right amount of everything to keep the whole universe suspended in the middle of nothing. He knew exactly how everything should be and what should go where so that the earth would last forever. If you start imagining this is detail, you should be sitting in awe at how he planned everything out. If God made the world in 7 days, and even if his days are measured in the same time ours are now, he gave a command and it was done. He had at least 24 hours to decide what he wanted to do next and plan it all out.

Keep imagining that you are still this very intelligent person. Imagine that you alone had to plan out exactly how you were going to construct an ocean and what purpose it would serve and how much water the ocean could hold to keep the earth spinning on its axis. My God is so smart that he figured all that out and more in what would take us years and a computer to figure out. He couldn't have created us with the expectation that we would sin, but because he also wanted us to have a free will, he couldn't make us stick to his perfect plan. He created the earth before he created man. If he would have thought about it while he was creating the earth, he could have made provisions to prevent it from being destroyed because man sinned. And we want to say that it's his fault that bad things happen to use. Even though it wasn't his fault, he still made provisions for us. He sent us his son knowing that His Son was going to die at only 33 years old. If I try to understand how he must have felt I want to weep, not just cry, weep.

A family is being held hostage in your neighbors house. The hostage taker has called and said, "If you give me your son or daughter, I'll let this family live". Could you do it? What if he said that he wasn't going to kill him, he was just going to bring him as close to death as he possibly could without killing him. Would you do it? How would your son or daughter react?

He let his son be brought as close to death as he could possibly get and told him that he could not make a scene, he couldn't holler, he couldn't fight back. Then he watched him suffer until they finally nailed him to a cross. And then he watched him suffer even more. Then he watched him die, knowing that at anytime he could have changed his mind and saved his Son who obviously loved him so much more than any of us could ever love him. Any of us except his mother, Mary. She knew better than all of us how it felt. It was her son too, but she didn't have a choice. I'm sure if she could have decided whether to give her son to us to save our lives or let us die, she would have kept him. I can't say that I blame her. Yes, God allows bad things to happen to us, sometimes we make bad things happen to ourselves, sometimes it's Eve's fault, but all we have to do is humble ourselves and let him restore us.

Act 3:25
Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.

We are the children of those children of the prophets.


Blogger Cindy said...

Hi Annette, sorry it took me so long to come and visit your blog- it's good to see another Christian blogger though. I'll blogmark you so I can find you easily.

Saturday, October 22, 2005 5:00:00 AM  

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