Rev. J. Th. Pronk
Scripture: Judges 14:12-20
Theme: The Riddles of Life and Salvation
The riddles of life.
The riddle and its purpose.
The great riddle.
Judges 14:1-20. Text verse 12a
John Bunyan's allegory, The Holy War, rewritten in modern English by Jon Cardwell and read to the children of Calvary Baptist Church at the Sunday Evening Bible Study.
In this episode, the decision for quartering Emmanuel's captains, officers, and soldiers was made, and after that, Emmanuel sets a feast before Mansoul while revealing to them wonderful riddles of His kingdom. Moreover, the Prince remodeled the town for its defense.
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The Riddles of Election & Creation. Dr. Jim Phillips teaches Systematic Theology from the text-book Lectures in Systematic Theology by Henry Clarence Thiessen Pages 166. If anyone would like to make a donation to discovertheword.com ministries or Discover The Word Missionary Baptist Church all donations no matter how small will be appreciated. Thank you. Our Address in Fish Lake Valley is POB 121 Dyer, Nevada 89010. You may also make a donation by pushing the support button at the top of this page. You Can make your donation through paypal or any credit card. Thank You IRS EIN # 82-5114777
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What is a parable? A parable is a wise saying . It may be an analogy or a story. The parables of Jesus tend to be short illustrations or stories. They may be considered as riddles or dark sayings or even a form of proverbs. Most often, we think of parables as illustrations to make Jesus' teaching plain and clear. But that is not what Jesus said the purpose of the parables were when He answered his disciples' questions. The disciples came and asked Him, "Why?" Jesus answered that the papables were a tool to discriminate between those who understood and those who didn't understand. There are those to whom it was given to understand and there are those to whom that understanding was not given. And the parables functioned as a hidden form of revealing Himself and His kingdom to His disciples.
Let me encourage you to come to Luke 16. There are about 40 parables that our Lord gave, and nobody else in the New Testament gave any parables, so all the parables were given by our Lord. As we know, they were designed to hide the truth from unbelievers, but to reveal it to believers, those who have ears to hear. Parables were, in a sense, a judgment, a confirmation of rejection. At the same time, they were light to those who had the ears to hear. We find that this particular parable is designed to help believers, as they all are. At the end of the day, they are only going to help believers because only believers really understand them.
But this, in particular, is designed to speak to the sons of light. That would be all of those who are part of the kingdom of God. It is a parable that has to do with money, and that’s not odd because about one out of three parables will have something to do with money. That’s just the way life is. Somebody said if you live 80 years, you’ll spend 50 of those 80 years thinking about money one way or another...
Scripture warns Christians time and again about the dangers of being too closely associated with the world. So, why would Jesus encourage believers to learn from a worldly example? John MacArthur explains one of Christ’s most puzzling parables.
When you throw a party, how do you decide whom to invite? And what does that decision have to do with your spiritual life? Find out as John MacArthur looks at a story Jesus told about that very scenario.
In business school, you’re encouraged to study the example of successful entrepreneurs . . . men and women who’ve shown shrewd financial skill . . . and a keen sense of the markets. But why would Jesus point you to such an example?
The parable of the good Samaritan has served as the inspiration for everything from youth homes... to disaster relief... to medical insurance. But is that what this well-known parable is really all about? The answer may surprise you.
It’s been said that wise men learn from their mistakes . . . but wiser men learn from the mistakes of others. John MacArthur shows you a lesson you can learn from one of history’s most tragic blunders.
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I just want to talk about the issue of the parables, okay? Just be real frank. I just want to talk about that because we finished a book on the parables, and the publisher delayed the release for a year, and that’s not fair to the author. This is like having a baby and somebody telling you you have to keep it in a closet for a year. You really didn’t intend that. You want to get that thing out as fast as you can. So since they won’t publish the book, I’m going to tell you what I said in the book anyway. So it’ll come around a year from now.
Talking about the parables is really important. It actually is a parable that Jesus told during the middle of His Passion Week that ignited the final fire or we could say poured gasoline on the fire. Chapter 11 of John ends with the leaders of Israel wanting to seize Him. Then you move into the middle of the week and He tells a parable recorded in Mark 12. The end of that parable says the same thing, “They were looking for a way to seize Him.” It really was a combination of the raising of Lazarus and the telling of that parable that precipitated the human activity that led to His execution.