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Daily Readings: 9th October 2015

John 16.25

25 I have spoken these things to you in story form. The time comes when I will no longer speak to you in story form, but I will announce the Father to you plainly.

It is said that a picture paints a thousand words. Obviously a picture impacts us in a visual way, whereas words rely much more on our mental understanding and the imagination of our minds.

Jesus was the greatest story teller, using the environment around Him to illuminate His teaching. He used a number of illustrations to describe the Kingdom of God, such as the pearl of great price:

[45] “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a pearl merchant on the lookout for choice pearls.

[46] When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!” – Matthew 13.45-46 (NLT).

People would have understood that Jesus was saying that the Kingdom of God is so valuable that it is worth selling everything to obtain it.

In the Upper Room Jesus had been saying many things to His disciples.

  • He had taught them the symbolism about the breaking of bread and His body being broken and His blood being shed for us.
  • He had taught them about the need for us to love one another as He loves us.
  • He had told them that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and that no one comes to the Father except through Him.
  • He had spent a lot of time teaching them about His leaving them and returning to the Father, and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Teachers of any kind will necessarily use pictures to illustrate what they are trying to teach. Those pictures will have to change as the world develops.

Modern technology changes so rapidly that something a generation relates to is unknown by the present generation. Such as saying that you cannot get a quart into a pint pot may need to be changed to: you can’t get a size nine foot into a size five shoe (or whatever the metric equivalent is), to describe that something large will not fit into something smaller.

In our presentation of the gospel of Jesus we also need to attempt to speak plainly by using easily understandable terms and illustrations.

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