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Leaven - Mark 4:33-34
Lesson # Leaven - Mark 4:33-34
Study Material - Leaven - Mark 4:33-34
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Leaven Mark 4:33-34 33 And [kai] with many [polus] such [toioutos] parables [parabole] spake he [laleo] the word [logos] unto them [autos] , as [kathos] they were able [dunamai] to hear [akouo] it. 34 But [de] without [choris] a parable [parabole] spake [laleo] he not [ou] unto them [autos] : and [de] when they were alone [idios] [kata] , he expounded [epiluo] all things [pas] to his [autos] disciples [mathetes] . KJV-Interlinear 33 And with many such parables He was speaking the word to them as they were able to hear it; 34 and He did not speak to them without a parable; but He was explaining everything privately to His own disciples. NASB
34 All these things Jesus spoke to the multitudes in parables, and He did not speak to them without a parable, 35 so that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, 'I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things hidden since the foundation of the world.' NASB
Matthew interrupts the parables to explain that these things are not new. Since the time of Adam and even before Adam, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, and when angels traveled the galaxies, the things concerning God have been known by all, and since Adam and Eve, by all generations of mankind.
Handed down by mankind from generation to generation, and even first given to the angels from the beginning when they were first created, prior to the creation of the universe, information concerning God was given to each and every angel. When the revolt occurred, they all knew full well what they were doing. Just as Adam knew when the fruit was offered to him by Eve, so too the angels knew.
How do we know this? Matthew quotes the beginning of Psa. 78.
1 A Maskil of Asaph. Listen, O my people, to my instruction; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, 3 Which we have heard and known, And our fathers have told us. 4 We will not conceal them from their children, But tell to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, And His strength and His wondrous works that He has done.
Since Adam, every generation has known the things that Jesus has been teaching. There is only one God. There is only one means of access to God, Jesus Christ. There is no other means of access to God. There is no one else who can sit on the throne of God except Jesus Christ. Satan rejected all off this when he desired to be 'like the most high.'
Satan over estimated his own ability and worth and presumed that he could do as good or better than God. This he tried to convince Eve of, in the Garden, when he used the serpent to fool a disinterested Eve who was not paying attention to the mimics of the serpent. Like a parrot, the serpent could obviously repeat words or sounds, but conversation was not a part of its ability. Eve did not catch this subtlety.
And so mankind throughout the generations from Adam to Abraham to Moses to Christ, to you and me, all generations have had available to them Gods information. Certainly Moses put together the first major writings, and certainly the apostles and others put together the New Testament books, but the time of these writings does not restrict the availability of Gods word from those who were without the written word.
Cain and Abel both made sacrifices. Who instructed them? Adam and Eve wore clothes of animal skins. Where do you suppose those skins came from? God provided instruction either directly or through parents to their children. Of course specific historical events were not known before they occurred, but the fundamental principles of Gods Word has always been made known.
Christ spoke in parables. Why? Because the people could not understand His spiritual words, so these parallels were used to describe the spiritual life and things pertaining to it. It is another clear indication of the Psalmist that the generation of the Messiah was to be a disinterested and unbelieving generation. Why else would parables be used?
The things hidden since the beginning is nothing new. Doctrine is hidden from unbelievers. Only the principles of salvation are made clear to them. Until a person is saved, the details of Gods Word are not known and cannot be known by any unbeliever (no human spirit) - therefore 'hidden.' Kind of like having a computer (human mind) but without a modem (human spirit - no ability to connect to the outside world).
Likewise with believers who are negative and therefore out of fellowship (fellowship is the key), though they have the mechanisms to hear and understand Bible doctrine, they are in effect turned off (out of fellowship). They have the computer with a modem, but the modem is turned off - off line. They have the ability to connect to the outside world (human spirit) but they don't make the connection - dialing in (confession to gain fellowship status). So doctrine is hidden to out of fellowship believers as well.
The description of the generation of Messiah is described - negative and unbelieving, and the use of parables is used in fulfillment of a prophecy written hundreds of years BC.
Jesus used parables to teach the masses. He explained the principles of the parables to the apostles. The apostles were interested. The masses were interested in the miracles.
Thus far we have studied nine parables. Well actually we have started nine parables. We haven't finished the wheat and the tares parable yet. But anyway. The first parable teaches of the debt we all have and of our inability to pay that debt off (salvation). The second teaches the fallacies of wrong priorities. The third teaches the principles of patience and spiritual preparation. The fourth parable, the sensible steward, teaches of faithfulness and of tremendous rewards to those who are faithful. The fifth parable teaches that the worthless people (unfaithful) are discarded as just that - worthless. Unbelievers are tossed into the Lake of Fire, and negative believers lose out on many blessings that they otherwise might have had in time and in eternity.
The sixth parable, the sower, we spent a lot of time on. It covers attitude and production in the spiritual life. The seventh parable, the wheat and the tares we have not yet completed. The eighth parable was the mustard seed, and it teaches the principle of becoming a spiritual winner even when we face huge odds against us in this life. The ninth parable was yesterdays study and that covers the leaven. In the positive sense it doesn't take much doctrine to change ones entire life. Believing in Christ takes a second, but ones future is changed from the Lake of Fire to a destiny in heaven. That alone is huge. Spiritual growth changes ones future reward from nothing, to blessings beyond imagination. That is huge.
Tomorrow we will continue with our study on the wheat and the tares. Satan's distortion of opinion.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
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