Teaching Tuesday

Imagine you know when your life will come to an end. You know the date. You know the how, the where and the why.

What would you do the whole week leading up to that day?

For me I would like to think I would spend time with my family and do all the fun things imaginable. Take my kids to places they have never been and let them experience it with mom and dad before I inevitably leave forever.

I also can see the dark side of me, the flesh side, trying to run and fight my fate.

What did Jesus do?

We learned on Monday he went through the temple and cleaned it and then performed healing miracles.

On Tuesday he taught. He didn’t teach the way we are accustomed, he spoke in parables. This wasn’t a new thing for Jesus’s followers, but the idea that he did this days before his crucifixion really gives you an insight into His heart.

Picture from filming of the Chosen

Parable (מָשָׁ֑ל, mashal; παραβολή, parabolē)- A story or saying that illustrates a truth using comparison, hyperbole, or simile. It can be a model, analogy, or example. In Greek rhetoric, parables were used in argumentation to clarify, prove, or cause something to appear livelier (Rhet. Her. 4.45.58–4.48.61). Rabbinic parables explain passages of Scripture or illustrate an interpretation of a passage already provided.

Intense huh?!

I love to teach. I didn’t even realize I loved to teach until here recently. Naturally I love the teacher quality of Jesus. He will soon be beaten and hung on a cross, but he takes an entire day to teach his last few lessons.

Lets look at two of the ones he told

Matthew 21: 28-32 Parable of the two sons

“But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.’ He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went. Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said to Him, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax collectors and harlots believed him; and when you saw it, you did not afterward relent and believe him.”

Matthew 21:28-32 NKJV

I can’t help but giggle a little right now because when we went through this in our bible study at church, one lady said “I hate parables, I just wish He would have said what he meant”

Those words may sound harsh, but honestly those words are real! That is how many Christians feel when it comes to trying to understand the Bible and our attempt to be more like Jesus. The flesh side of me high fives that sentiment but the spirit side of me knows that these parables spark thought. It makes us stop and really dissect the words and it makes us call on Him for understanding.

Now back to the two sons? Can you see where Jesus was going here? The pharisees knew the answer immediately, but their own obsession with the law was clouding their judgement. So much so that they completely misjudged John the Baptist. They had the law spelled out for them and it wasn’t enough. Which is why Jesus was there. He was there to free us all from the law.

Following that parable Jesus tells the parable of the evil tenant farmers. I actually want you to take time, grab your Bible and read this parable for yourself.

read Matthew 21:33-46 leave comments about the parable if you feel led

I pray this teaching Tuesday piece has sparked a fire in you. I pray that your interest will make you go dig deeper. I don’t have all the answers, but I know the guy who does.

Stop depending on other people to explain the Bible to you and dig in for yourself. There is so much truth in there. Find someone to read with you, maybe find two people.

Scriptures that cover this day-Matthew 21:23-24:51

Dear God,

Thank you for your son. For these last minute parables that speak volumes. I pray that the reader will go dig deeper. I pray they beg for desire for your word. You gave it to me and I know you will do the same for them; they need only ask. Lord I pray as we continue through Holy Week we would stop and be still. I pray we would take time to remember and be thankful. Thank you for your Son. It’s in His name I pray. Amen

Written by Emily Yeager- Christian, wife, mom, CRNA, writer and creator of life2drybones.com

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